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Chewie Could Be Bacca Bacca Bacca For Star Wars: Episode VII
Peter Mayhew reportedly to return as the walking carpet

07 April 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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While we’re worried that the lack of confirmation from Disney Boss Alan Horn during a recent appearance means it still requires us to keep one finger on the Rumour Alert Klaxon, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Peter Mayhew, the man who played Chewbacca in the original Star Wars trilogy and Revenge Of The Sith, will reportedly be back inside the walking carpet for Star Wars: Episode VII.

Though there has been no official announcement, chatter has risen about the possibility of Mayhew bringing ‘Bacca back to the Star Wars universe after he cancelled a convention appearance scheduled for May due to “filming.” Though Episode VII has reportedly already begun shooting, it was officially announced as kicking off next month and will be in production for several months. It’s also worth noting that the very same press release that talked up the shooting dates mentioned some "familiar faces" alongside the new leads.

So our hopes are now up that Chewbacca will indeed return for more sarcastic growling, howling, barking and grunting as a counterpoint to Harrison Ford’s Han Solo. The big question is, of course, who will have more grey hair?

Episode VII, which is set 30 years after the events in Return Of The Jedi, will be out on December 18, 2015. In case you need more of a refresher on everything we know so far, head here.


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RE: The Only Guy To Be Chestbursted Twice?
L: Litshttam If Chewie features (hope so), it won't be Mayhew who plays him - he can barely walk these days. Ian 'Prometheus' Whyte's my guess. Say what you will about the AvP movies, Whyte NAILED the Predator movement-template established by the late Kevin Peter Hall, so would do Chewie justice. think the fans will want Mayhew back, and it's not like Mayhew will say no. He is chewie after all. Mayhew will be there for all the close up and standing around shots. As far as any runnin More

Posted by fuzzy at 17:46 on 09 April 2014 | Report This Post

@sleepwalker - I don't see any problem with ignoring the expanded universe. Heck - I wish they could also ignore the "prequel" universe. However, regarding Chewbacca being killed off - that was quite a way into the EU and didn't happen straight away (in the Thrawn trilogy for example). More

Posted by jmebaby25 at 10:27 on 08 April 2014 | Report This Post

Frak the 'expanded universe'. More

Posted by topsturner at 10:03 on 08 April 2014 | Report This Post

There are going to be a lot of angry fans of the expanded universe, this is the first big change as chewie was killed off in that canon! More

Posted by sleepwalker at 08:43 on 08 April 2014 | Report This Post

The Only Guy To Be Chestbursted Twice?
If Chewie features (hope so), it won't be Mayhew who plays him - he can barely walk these days. Ian 'Prometheus' Whyte's my guess. Say what you will about the AvP movies, Whyte NAILED the Predator movement-template established by the late Kevin Peter Hall, so would do Chewie justice. More

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