Peter Mayhew Confirmed for 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

Peter Mayhew

Chewbacca's back! Confirming one of the most widely reported rumors surrounding the upcoming Star Wars sequel, the Hollywood Reporter's sources say that Peter Mayhew will return to reprise his role as everyone's favorite Wookiee for one more trip to long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away.

Although Disney is remaining mum regarding Mayhew's involvement, THR's report notes that the actor recently canceled a convention appearance due to "filming" -- and since, as the article goes on to add, Mayhew has "mainly spent his career" playing Chrewbacca, it would seem reasonable to assume that the convention's May 23-26 scheduling conflicted with Episode VII's May production.

Whether because contracts are slow to complete or simply because it's fun to stir up anticipation with a lot of rumor and innuendo, legitimate casting news has been difficult to come by with Episode VII -- but studio chief Bob Iger has promised "some very familiar faces" in the new movie, and given that Wookiees can live for hundreds of years, we're betting (and extremely happy that) THR's sources are on the money here.

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