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Chewbacca Returns for Episode VII

Peter Mayhew is back (unofficially)!

By Robert T. Trate     April 07, 2014
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Star Wars: Episode VII arrives 12-18-15
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All right, most of us consider the Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher the essential trio for Star Wars. What about Chewbacca? The Hollywood Reporter is reporting the exclusive news that Peter Mayhew, the original Chewbacca, will return for Episode VII. This news comes from one of their sources and has not been confirmed by Disney or Lucasfilm. 

They also had this little nugget to back up their story: “Rumors recently surfaced that he was reprising his role after he canceled an upcoming appearance at Texas convention Comicpalooza "due to filming." Since the convention takes place May 23-26, many fans wondered if that meant the actor would be busy with Episode VII”.
Is this true? Mayhew has reprised his iconic role several times over the years. He played Chewbacca in the Christmas Special, The Clone Wars series and in Revenge of the Sith. Yet that is nothing special considering Anthony Daniels is the only person to played C-3PO in every animated Star Wars series and the three prequels. Has he even been cast yet? While were at it, what about Billy Dee Williams? 
Star Wars: Episode VII is slated to hit theaters Dec. 18, 2015. 
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redslayer 4/7/2014 3:18:30 PM

He shouldn't come back.  After all in the expandend universe Chewbacca saves Anakin Solo's life and paid the ultimate price while doing it.  So unless he appears as a flash back,  someone will have to write an alternate story for him like a Clone of the original or something like that

Timothy25 4/7/2014 3:20:45 PM

They should have Marvel redo in between Return of the Jedi and Episode 7 with also a television series to chronicle in between the movies.

BarbedArrowGames 4/7/2014 4:28:21 PM

Expanded Universe be damned! Besides, all those stories hold no "lore" in the Star Wars films. Only Shadows of the Empire (and maybe a couple others, I stopped reading that stuff after about the first 100 novels of filler. Chewie will be back, he will be alive, and I just DARE any Skywalker or Solo to try to take him out.

Also, I thought Billy Dee had already been confirmed? am I wrong, or did I read that here awhile ago?

therockdltj 4/7/2014 7:59:10 PM

This is very cool news!

Modo 4/7/2014 8:11:30 PM

I think this officially scraps the EU for the Wars. One of the multitude of times I've ripped off by George Lucas and Lucasfilm, who for the past 30 years have been touting the EU novels, comics, and merchandise as the bonafide post Epiode VI  cannon. 

And what will I go and do !?  Probably continue to buy the new Episode 7,8 & 9 stuff that will come out.  I have definitely contributed to GL's coifers over the past few decades...I should almost be a shareholder.  Strangely enough, I'm actually excited about seeing Chewie in the films, in spite of having read the entire 21 voulme Yutzaan Vong story arc....

elrushbo 4/7/2014 11:46:57 PM

 Oh waaaaahhhh! Why would they make a new trilogy of predetermined stories? 

DarthoftheDead 4/8/2014 1:34:10 AM

Got no problem with this, IMO it wouldnt be the same seeing Han with out ole Chewie, lol.....

dojen1 4/8/2014 4:34:48 AM

Chewie should appear as a rug on Han and Leia's floor. Just sayin'....

CRMiller 4/8/2014 5:47:04 AM

Sacrificing what little good there was in the post-RotJ EU to wipe out the bad seems like a good deal to me. I sincerely hope this is true.

ElBaz13 4/8/2014 5:53:34 AM

So when did Chewie die in the book timeline?

I use to read most of the Star Wars new novels back in the early 90s but stopped when it became overkill. There were too many too follow and I gave up.

Glad they are scratching away the EU because of that.

Although it would be nice if they kept elements of the EU (like the children and their names, Mara Jade). Sort of like comicbook movies today. Not direct adaptations of the book but key elements.


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