With principal photography for Star Wars Episode VII already underway, British actor Peter Mayhew (better known for his role as Chewbacca in the original trilogy) has confirmed that everyone’s favorite Wookie will be back for one of the most highly anticipated sequels in movie history.
Peter has backed out of an appearance at Texas convention Comicpalooza which runs May 23-26 citing “filming” as the reason for his no-show.
He first starred as the furry co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars Episode V – A New Hope in 1977. He reprised his role for Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and rounded off the trilogy appearing in Episode VI – Return of the Jedi in 1983. Despite not appearing as part of the main cast in the prequels, he did make a cameo in 2005’s Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.
Standing at an incredible 7ft 3ins Peter gave the Wookiee an intimidating but loveable character with a unique and subtle nuances that no other actor could quite recreate.
In a recent interview Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed the return of only one character: R2 D2. He said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter he said: “Rumour has it that almost every actor in the world has been cast in this movie, but so far, the official cast member that we’ve confirmed – the only one – is R2D2,”
He also revealed that despite rumors of principal photography being scheduled for May, cameras are already rolling. “We’re actually shooting some of it now. We’re up against it!”
In the interview it was revealed that the final draft was written by Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams, from an early draft by Michael Arndt. Kasdan co-penned The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Star Wars Episode VII is set for release in December 2015 with the story picking up where the sixth episode left off.
Bob Iger also confirmed one final tidbit: “There will be some very familiar faces along with a trio of new young leads…”
Despite the secrecy surrounding the movie, with production getting into full swing, the details of the cast and plot wont remain in the dark for too much longer.