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Peter Mayhew to Return as Chewbacca in Star Wars Sequel


The "Chewy" originator, 69-year-old Peter Mayhew, will be one of several original cast members to return in the J.J. Abrams–directed Star Wars Episode VII, slated for release in December 2015. Others include Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill

Peter Mayhew will play Chewbacca in Episode VII, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The 69-year-old actor is set to return to his role as the iconic Wookie in the Star Wars sequel, which will hit theaters in December 2015.

Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn announced on April 2 that filming for the project had already begun, although neither Disney nor Lucasfilm has disclosed many details on the production other than saying that many of the cast members have already been selected.

Mayhew, who played Chewbacca starting in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1977, is just one of the original cast members who will reportedly be returning in the J.J. Abrams film. Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will also reportedly return. Episode VII will reportedly be set 30 years after the 1983 film Return of the Jedi.

[The Hollywood Reporter]

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