[Movies] Is Chewbacca Returning for Star Wars: Episode VII?
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 09.23.2013
A new rumor suggests so...
Yet another casting rumor is flying around the internet over Star Wars: Episode VII. As always, take this with a grain of salt, but Den of Geek reports that a new UK casting call from Disney, Bad Robot and Lucasfilm is reading as follows:
Male, 7 ft to 7.3 ft tall with a slim/thin build and upright posture. Not too worked out or too 'thick set' especially in the shoulders. Broad facial features would be a bonus.
According to the site, the posting came from a "solid source" close to the film. The most obvious possibility for the character behind such a role would be Chewbacca, who was played by the 7'3" Peter Mayhew and who hits most of the requirements in the call. Mayhew played the role in the original films and in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith but recent health problems have hindered his ability to walk.
As we already know, Han Solo will be in the film but there has been no confirmation that Chewbacca will be back. Of course, the role could also be for some other alien or another Wookie.