Chewbacca rumoured for new ‘Star Wars’ film

Actor Peter Mayhew is thought to have joined the cast for the seventh movie in the franchise

The character of Chewbacca is rumoured to be making an appearance in the new Star Wars film.

It is thought that Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca in the first Star Wars trilogy and Revenge Of The Sith, is onboard for the seventh installment of the sci-fi franchise, according to a report by Empire Online. Mayhew is thought to be appearing in the new film as he recently cancelled a convention appearance because of filming this May and also because a press release for the film stated that “familiar faces” had been cast in the movie.

Speaking recently to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney Studios chairman Ian Horn said there are just a few names to be added to cast, and that filming has already begun. “We have a lot of them in place,” he said of the main actors, whose names are yet to be disclosed. “We’re just not completely done yet.”

When it came to the script, Horn admitted there had been problems with getting it right, adding: “It’s all about the screenplay. It has to be screenplay, screenplay, screenplay,” going on to say that he is currently happy with the redrafted script, which has been co-written by Lawrence Kasdan and JJ Abrams, following an early draft by Michael Arndt. Kasdan has co-written two films in the series already, The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi.

Finally, he said the film, to be released in December 2015, would pick up where episode six of the saga, Return Of The Jedi, left off. “And where six left off is 35 years ago by the time this is released,” he said. So far, Girls Adam Driver, Gary Oldman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lupita Nyong’o and Zac Efron have been linked to various roles, while the original cast including Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford are believed to reprising their roles from the original trilogy.