Peter Mayhew is a British/American actor best known for playing the Wookiee Chewbacca in all three original Star Wars films, as well as Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. He has expressed interest in returning to the role for future Star Wars films, such as Star Wars Episode VII.
Involvement in upcoming projectsEdit
On October 30, 2012, the day after The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm, Peter Mayhew talked about whether he would appear in Star Wars Episode VII. The actor said, "About eleventy million of you have asked me about Chewie and Episode VII. The answer is I don't know. But feel free to start a movement..." Two weeks later, on November 13th, The Huffington Post released an interview with Mayhew where he was asked about the new films. According to the actor:
- "Stuart Freeborn, who made the original Chewbacca costume, told me from the beginning that there would be nine movies. I expected, as George's retirement became a reality, that the task would fall to future generations to make those movies become a reality... I am very excited to see what Disney will do with the story and how they will do it."
Mayhew further elaborated on what role Chewbacca could play, saying "In my universe, he will be there fighting the empire all the way. I hope the powers that be feel the same." Despite this, as of November 13th, Mayhew had not been contacted about reprising his role, but the actor does feel that it's "important that Chewie remains a part of the story." He said, "Wookiees, and particularly Chewbacca, are base characters when telling the story of Star Wars."
One of the most rumored, and never denied, spinoff films is one about Han Solo. On June 19, 2013, JoBlo reported that a source told them that the Han Solo movie would be moving forward. The source also said that the film would focus on the relationship between Han Solo and Chewbacca, possibly about how they met and became smuggling partners aboard the Millennium Falcon. It is possible, though not currently confirmed, that Mayhew could play Chewbacca in a Han Solo spinoff.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ Peter "Chewbacca" Mayhew celebrates Disney's acquisition of Star Wars on RadioTimes
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 A Diplomatic Chewbacca Weighs in on 'Star Wars: Episode VII' on The Huffington Post
- ↑ Exclusive: Timeline for Star Wars films through episode IX and more on the spin-offs and new animated series! on JoBlo