Star Wars Episode III: Rick McCallum recently said that George Lucas was going to connect the final prequel with a New Hope in some "very cool and unexpected ways". One of these bridges was revealed today when the Official Site reported that Chewbacca will be joining the ranks of C-3P0 and R2-D2 in Star Wars Episode III.

Episode III will further connect the Star Wars saga, bridging the prequel trilogy to the original trilogy in new and surprising ways. As such, familiar faces and places will return in this new Star Wars film, which is currently in pre-production. Reprising their classic roles from the original trilogy are actors Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker. They return to Star Wars as Chewbacca the Wookiee, C-3PO and R2-D2.

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Peter Mayhew, the man behind the furry mask in the original trilogy, will reprise his role as the walking carpet. Here's what he had to say:

"I'm delighted to return as Chewbacca," says Mayhew. "I think his re-appearance in this film is a fitting way to tie the whole saga together, especially for Wookiee fans." Given that Chewbacca is a sprightly 200 years old in Episode IV, he is more than old enough to fit into the prequel timeline.

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