Monday, April 7, 2014

Peter Mayhew Reprising Chewbacca for STAR WARS EPISODE VII

At last we have the mighty Chewbacca...

The Hollywood Reporter confirms that actor Peter Mayhew will reprise his classic role of Chewbacca the Wookiee for J.J. Abrams' Star Wars Episode VII.  Mayhew, now 69, has been rumored to return for Episode VII ever since he canceled an appearance at the Texas convention Comicpalooza "due to filming."

Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn revealed last week that filming for Episode VII has already begun and that most of the cast is set.  "We have a lot of them [in place]," said Horn about the central cast, whose names have not been announced.  "We’re just not completely done yet."

Mayhew joins Adam Driver, announced in February as the film's lead villain, and original trilogy stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, who are expected, but not officially confirmed, to give their characters a proper sendoff.  Mayhew last reprised the character on film in 2005's Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

Little has been revealed about the film's premise apart from that it will be set thirty years after Return of the Jedi and will introduce the next generation of Star Wars heroes, who will take over the franchise starting with Episode VIII.  "There will be some very familiar faces along with a trio of new young leads," said Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger during Disney's annual shareholder's meeting in Portland, Oregon.

Star Wars Episode VII is currently scheduled to arrive in theaters on December 18, 2015.

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