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Peter Mayhew Returns As Chewbacca For 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

by Kevin Jagernauth
April 7, 2014 3:18 PM
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We may be headed to a galaxy far, far away, but the characters are looking very much the same. With production already started on "Star Wars: Episode 7," Disney exec Alan Horn admitted that casting was still being solidified. Well, here's another puzzle piece put into place.

THR reports that the sixty-nine year-old Peter Mayhew will return as Chewbacca. Sigh. While Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher aren't officially official just yet, this pretty much guarantees it. You can't have Chewbacca in here without Han Solo, and you can't have Han without... well, you get the idea. Anyway, we're still not yet any closer to learning if rumored folks like John Boyega, Ed Speelers, Matthew James Thomas, Ray Fisher, Jesse Plemons and Lupita Nyong'o will join Adam Driver's villain of the picture. But of course, this being a J.J. Abrams joint, secrecy is paramount, so just keep guessing.

"Star Wars: Episode 7 — The Characters You Love, Again!" arrives on December 18, 2015.

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  • Max Nocerino | April 8, 2014 11:33 PMReply

    I can't get upset anymore. Disney, Filoni and all those @ssholes could give a crap about Star Wars. Its all about making money to them, as I guess they should. The Clone Wars show raped the original Clone Wars continuity, softening the hard edges that fans loved and giving it a cartoony stupidity that makes us all barf.
    Star Wars Rebels will follow suit ,contaminating an era that was once golden and sacred into something cheesy and ridiculous. To me, Starkiller creating the rebellion was epic and exhilarating, and it will be created by a bunch of flat, kiddie characters in a stupid Millennium Falcon knockoff. My childhood has been destroyed.

  • Kylewhisper4 | April 8, 2014 4:20 PMReply

    I wish you lot would stop whining about films......which is why Im glad they are not telling us anything about it....because all you people will do is bitch and complain

    As for JJ, as a trekkie myself, I say his films are top notch and I believe Roddenberry would have been impressed. I have total faith that he will do a great job at reviving the star wars films, and as much I enjoy the EU, a new story is needed as the EU is a mess

  • iceman | April 8, 2014 2:34 PMReply

    If George Lucas not going to be the writer/director of this movie, the series will be destroyed.

  • Jordan | April 8, 2014 11:49 AMReply

    Bottom line is, either Chewbacca is in Han Solo flashbacks since he should be dead by this time, or they are throwing out the EU for the most part

  • Sean | April 11, 2014 1:58 PM

    Chewie dies in "Vector Prime" at the start of the Vong wars during the destruction of Sernpidal which takes place 25 years after EPVI

  • Rick | April 8, 2014 12:37 PM

    Ok first of all episode 7 is only 30 years after episode 6 so Han would not or should not be dead just because of time....

  • Patrick | April 8, 2014 12:33 PM

    They already said they don't care about the EU, that the books are not credible and that this would be a fresh new story. The EU is already dead.

  • Brad Marcus | April 8, 2014 10:22 AMReply

    Of course Chewey could be there without Han. Have your seen Episiode III? That said, welcome back Mr. Mayhew. Wonderful news in and of itself!

  • mborordf | April 8, 2014 9:35 AMReply

    All I am going to say is if they play Katie Perry's Roar during his screen time, I am getting up and leaving.

  • Stephen | April 8, 2014 9:30 AMReply

    WOW!!! Lots of immaturity here! Congrats Mr. Mayhew, I'm excited to see you as part of the movie!

  • bigblackbuck | April 8, 2014 9:20 AMReply

    why do you even post on this garbage site?

  • adam | April 8, 2014 8:48 AMReply

    I wish all you damn little geeks would shut up about the EU and canon!!! Who gives a damn about the books or comics? Just accept that this is different from that. There are no major motion pictures out about the EU... So enjoy your EU via books/comics/cartoons, whatever... And let the movies stand on their own. Do you fools realize how childish and moronic you sound arguing about something that isn't real in the first place? I love the original Star Wars and excited they are continuing the saga years later with some original cast/characters. You whinny little dweebs and your never ending banter about the books and comics are like fingernails scratching down a black board!!! Enough already!

  • hockey22 | April 8, 2014 4:02 PM

    well said,, I am thrilled that they are making more star wars movies, I too have read most of the books past return of the jedi but like you stated there are no movies about the EU so if they want to start with a fresh story line I'm all for it. Many people are up in arms that they are not pursuing the Thrawn story line. I known everyone is entitled to his/her opinion but lets at least wait until the 1st trailer to come out before we jump all over this movie.

  • Ben | April 8, 2014 1:12 AMReply

    Honestly I'm getting sick and tired of every single freakin detail about this movie getting covered everywhere. We're all going to be sick and tired of Star Wars 7 before Star Wars 7 is even released. Seriously just let the movie be made then assess it after its been released............

  • T-Lo | April 8, 2014 1:05 AMReply

    Most of the EU stories are trash, barely readable pap spewed forth by pulp hacks. Zahn did a good job with the Thrawn trilogy, but Kevin J Anderson is shite.
    That said, Lucas could come up with the story, but scriptwriting and dialogue especially were not his forte, either. There is Not-a-Thing wrong with Mayhew and Chewbacca returning, as long as the current scriptwriters come up with a compelling story. If it's Prequel trilogy nonsense, they may as well stop now.

  • ben | April 8, 2014 12:24 AMReply

    Chewie IS the hidden Sith Lord!!!

  • Jacob | April 8, 2014 12:10 AMReply

    This wont ruin Star Wars, (I'm an EU fan, it made Star Wars better by far) what is going to ruin Star Wars is the lens flare lightsaber battle. o.O

    I'm sorry the movies, as far as storytelling goes, are all awful. What made the movies successful was the Special FX which were ahead of their time. Poor acting other than Alec, Harrison, and the voice of James. Face it, the expanded universe tells a better story. Personally? I prefer the Old Republic. Yeah, I might see it at a dollar theater where they serve beer.

  • Pete | April 8, 2014 3:25 AM

    Aside from Emagine, where is there a theater where they serve beer?

  • David | April 7, 2014 11:51 PMReply

    My god, there goes JJ changing it again... Chewbacca dies during the Yuuzhan Vong war, which is 10 years before this movie, and about 20 years after Episode 6. Its canon and its part of the EU, now all you cliche movie "fans" can go shove it, because your not a fan and are lazy to read some books/comics. I really hope this isn't true, or its a flashback or nightmare that still plagues Han Solo back on Sernpindal...

  • Brandon | April 8, 2014 12:17 AM

    STFU douche. The only thing canon in Star Wars is the movies. The books are a seperate entity with their own canon. You can't expect them to behold & tip toe around 30 years of expanded content, in which, quite a bit of it is garbage.

  • Sven | April 7, 2014 11:43 PMReply

    Well, I'm guessing Luke must be a super jedi after facing his father and the Emperor in Episode 6! I bet you the new villain is an offspring or apprentice of the dark side they probably missed last time around thinking Darth and Darth Side out were the only ones. Leia could be a sith. Now that's a story! \m/

  • Steph | April 7, 2014 11:12 PMReply

    Seriously, people are getting upset that Peter Mayhew/Chewbacca may be in the next movie? Really? The man has paid his dues, let him be in the movie and be glad that he's around to still do it. Peter Mayhew has been loyal to Star Wars fans, time for the fans to show the same. The movie is going to be what it's going to be, show up and watch it or don't.

  • Bryce | April 7, 2014 10:38 PMReply

    If this is right, it's is almost a guarantee that they are saying F-you to all of the expanded universe fans, because Chewbacca died 20 years after episode 6, so unless he only appears in a flashback or as Chewbacca's nephew, Lowbacca, then it doesn't match up.

  • Dan | April 7, 2014 11:01 PM

    And if you've been paying attention to any of the news regarding the new trilogy you'd know they've already stated the EU is not official and they aren't adhering to it at all.

  • willc81 | April 7, 2014 10:55 PM

    you said it. chewy is supposed to be was an epic death but still dead. I can't believe they are going to pretend the rest of the really great stories didn't happen. wait they may just have someone go back in time and change the time line......original

  • Guy | April 7, 2014 10:11 PMReply

    I'll make everyone a deal. Everyone that's pissed off about things that are still being made, stay home when it hits theaters. If you must see it, wait until it's on DVD/BluRay. That way you can make your point to the corporate fat cats how you feel about their changes.

    Everyone else, lets enjoy a movie theater that's not full of whiners.

    See, win-win.

  • ed | April 7, 2014 10:04 PMReply

    has there been any talk of billy dee coming back as Lando?

  • jeff | April 7, 2014 9:29 PMReply

    I wish theyd leave that damn jj abrams out of it. he's ruined star trek he's gonna ruin star wars now. I dont like anything he's had his hands on. it all pretty well sucks

  • joe35 | April 7, 2014 9:23 PMReply

    I remember Kathleen Kennedy early on talking about embracing the fan community by wanting to be open about what was going on, and not shrouding everything in secrecy, revealing juicy bits of info about the production here and there. But I guess as soon as Jar Jar Abrams came on board, he put a stop to all of that. :(

  • andy | April 7, 2014 8:37 PMReply


  • Brian | April 7, 2014 8:26 PMReply

    I thought he was confined to a wheelchair...

  • joe35 | April 7, 2014 9:24 PM

    He was for awhile, because he was having some issues with his knees. But last year he had a successful operation to repair them.

  • Twophrasebark | April 7, 2014 5:26 PMReply

    What's wrong with having the same characters???

    Aren't there about 8 movies with James Kirk? How many James Bond movies have there been? IDGI.

  • Geo Leno | April 7, 2014 5:24 PMReply

    For those bashing J.J. Abrams, give him a chance first Star Wars needs some fresh blood in it. Episodes 4-6 were pretty crappy. I am a huge Star Wars fan and not a Star Trek fan at all but I enjoyed J.J. Abrams job on it. First one I can actually say I liked. So chill everyone

  • Randy | April 7, 2014 10:44 PM

    You must be like 13 years old since you said episodes 4-6 were pretty crappy. You can't talk crap about the originals...they'r the originals.

  • joe35 | April 7, 2014 9:25 PM

    You mean Episodes 1-3 were pretty crappy. And if you had been a Star Trek, you would have realized how truly awful his remake and sequel were.

  • Heywood | April 7, 2014 9:22 PM

    I hope you mean Episodes 1-3 were pretty crappy...any Star Wars fans would know the difference between the Old and New trilogies.

  • Agent000 | April 7, 2014 6:58 PM

    I absolutely despise Abram's 2nd Star Trek movie. But that was because it was too much a space-war action movie, so I'm actually rather hopeful he'll do a good job with Star Wars.

  • Kevin | April 7, 2014 5:01 PMReply

    Chewbecca was in Episode 3 and the others weren't so it's not a given. He does have a life deb to Solo though, so unless the others are dead, then they should still be in contact with him.

  • chris | April 7, 2014 4:58 PMReply

    Don't worry J.J. Abrams will ruin this franchise as well.

  • hank | April 7, 2014 4:00 PMReply


  • Giles | April 7, 2014 3:29 PMReply

    Chewbecca? I'm sure its Chewbacca? Good journalism there guys

  • thebigtp | April 8, 2014 9:19 AM

    Now that's funny shit sirgo, I don't care who you are.

  • SirGO | April 7, 2014 5:04 PM

    "Chewbecca" was part of my Friday night 'to do' list in college, when I was dating Becca.

  • Mark | April 7, 2014 3:26 PMReply

    Too bad corporate whore Abrams is 'directing'.

  • Lednerk | April 7, 2014 9:39 PM

    Jesus Christ, it's just a movie. You're making it out like they put Michael Bay on to it.

  • Dave | April 7, 2014 4:55 PM

    @FONG - And I'll take Cloverfield and Super 8 over RotS and AotC and day of the week. What's your point?

  • Michael | April 7, 2014 4:49 PM

    Corporate whore? Okay Mark then don't watch it. Abrams is pure genius.

  • Fong | April 7, 2014 4:43 PM

    I'll take "THX-1138" and "American Graffiti" over "Mission Impossible 3" and "Star Trek" any day of the week. But then again, Irvin Kershner didn't exactly have a stellar artistic track record either...

  • Chris | April 7, 2014 3:39 PM

    Yeah, Mark, what we need is the pure, non-corporate artistic integrity of George Lucas. Totally.

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