Peter Mayhew, the 7-foot-3 actor who played Chewbacca in four of the “Star Wars” movies, is reprising his role for “Star Wars: Episode VII,” sources told The Hollywood Reporter.
Mayhew played Chewbacca in the original trilogy, beginning with "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" in 1977.
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Mayhew recently canceled an upcoming appearance at Texas convention Comicpalooza, on May 23-26, "due to filming," which caused rumors to swirl that he was involved in the sequel.
Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn revealed on April 2 that the new "Star Wars" movie had already begun filming and most of the cast was set, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Aside from that, details from Disney and Lucasfilms have been few and far between.
J.J. Abrams, who successfully rebooted the “Star Trek” franchise with two movies, is directing “Star Wars: Episode VII,” which is expected to hit theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Girls” star Adam Driver is slated to play one of the villains, while original trilogy stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher are rumored to reprise their roles as Luke Skywalker, Hans Solo and Princess Leia.
Mayhew has appeared in four of the six “Star Wars” movies — the original three and the prequel “Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith.”
The latest “Star Wars” installment takes place some 30 years after 1983’s “Return of the Jedi,”
in which the Rebel Alliance, led by Luke Skywalker, blew up the last version of the Death Star and Darth Vader dies, according to Disney CEO Bob Iger at the company’s annual shareholders meeting.
"There will be some very familiar faces along with a trio of new young leads," Iger said at the meeting.
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