Peter Mayhew to Return as Chewbacca in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII
Sources have confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Peter Mayhew will reprise his iconic role of Chewbacca in Disney/Lucasfilm's STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, presumably alongside the film's original trio, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher.
Per THR: "Mayhew played the legendary Wookiee and Han Solo's co-pilot in the original trilogy, beginning withStar Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1977. Rumors have recently surfaced that he may be reprising his role as he canceled an appearance at Texas convention Comicpalooza "due to filming." Since the convention takes place May 23-26, many fans wondered if that meant the actor would be busy with Episode VII."
EPISODE VII's previously confirmed younger stars have yet to be revealed, though GIRLS' Adam Driver will reportedly play the film's villain.
STAR WARS: EPISODE VII is currently filming, despite not having a full cast locked down.
DOWNTON ABBEY's Ed Speelers, John Boyega, BREAKING BAD's Jesse Plemons, and stage stars Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher are reportedly in the running for the film's lead role. Lately, rumors have also arisen that Lupita Nyong'o, who won an Oscar this year for her turn in 12 YEARS A SLAVE, is also in talks.
In other news on the STAR WARS front, Disney confirmed last fall that R2-D2 will officially be back for the upcoming film. Also expected to return for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII are original leads Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford.
Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by Abrams and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Jack Ryan, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score the film.