Peter Mayhew

Meet The New Chewbacca Actor in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Meet The New Chewbacca Actor in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Anyone who has seen Peter Mayhew on the red carpet at various Star Wars: The Force Awakens events may have been wondering how he accomplished some of the bigger stunts in the movie. The actor, who has starred as Chewbacca in 5 of the 7 Star Wars live-action movies, has had knee problems for the past several years, and always appears in person with his signature lightsaber cane. Many have speculated that another actor did most of the heavy lifting we see in the movie. Today, we learn from Business Insider that Joonas Suotamo, a 29-year-old basketball player from Finland, suited up to star alongside Harrison Ford in all of the movie's action scenes. And once you've seen his face, there's no doubt there is something very 'Chewie' about him.

It was known from the start that a new actor would have to come in and take over for Peter Mayhew. And unlike replacing Han Solo, this would be a slightly easier task. But the filmmakers decided to follow the same path they did with their two unmasked leads Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. They went after a mostly unknown to assume the role. At 7-foot-2, Peter Mayhew is now 71-years-old. Despite his age, everyone involved with the production knew they needed him involved in some capacity. But given his waning health, Disney and LucasFilm also knew they needed fresh blood, because like C-3PO and R2-D2, Chewbacca is a timeless character who will always be with the franchise. And they needed someone much younger to carry out the film's more physical scenes.

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Peter Mayhew Returning as Chewbacca in ‘Star Wars 7’?

Peter Mayhew Returning as Chewbacca in ‘Star Wars 7’?

Last we heard, Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the first three Star Wars movies and returned to reprise the role in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, not to mention his notorious participation in the infamous Star Wars: Holiday Special, was not going to return for Star Wars: Episode VII due to age and injury. New developments suggest that might not be true.

Could the world's most beloved Wookie be returning to screens in 2015?

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Chewbacca Tweets Loads of Old ‘Star Wars’ Photos

Chewbacca Tweets Loads of Old ‘Star Wars’ Photos

Peter Mayhew, the man who played Chewbacca in every single Star Wars movie, has been tweeting old behind-the-scenes photos from the set of the famed movies, from his own personal stash. He has included images from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, which feature all of his co-stars, including Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Anthony Daniels. Peter Mayhew started the captivating look back at his career earlier in the week. We've embedded the best ‏Tweets for you to enjoy.

#nostalgic so Im going to post some pics tonight. Like this 1 of Harrison, Anthony, Carrie & I sharing a laugh... pic.twitter.com/FblggUaU5e— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) January 8, 2014

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‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Chewbacca Featurette and Clips

In the pulse-pounding, hour-long Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 3 finale, Ahsoka Tano is taken captive and stranded on a planetary game preserve, where she finds herself on the run from merciless and sadistic Trandoshan hunting parties. With the odds stacked against her and no rescue in sight, hope for survival begins to dwindle - that is, until her escape efforts receive an unexpected boost from a friendly - and furry! - fellow captive. The chase begins with Episode 3.21: Padawan Lost and continues into Wookiee Hunt - it's a must-see, double dose of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, airing at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT Friday, April 1 on Cartoon Network.

We have a featurette featuring the debut of Chewbacca, along with two clips and a bunch of new photos. Check them out below.

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