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?
After Peter Mayhew's double-knee surgery last year, it was expected that Disney and Lucasfilm would have to recast Chewbacca, which was upsetting to many fans. Some of whom wanted to see the actor return more than they do Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill or Carrie Fisher. While this latest speculation is unconfirmed, the Houston, Texas version of Comic Con, the Comicpalooza Con, sent out an official Tweet to announced that Peter Mayhew would not be in attendance this year 'due to filming'. They do not, however, reveal exactly what he will be filming.
We regret to announce that Peter Mayhew is canceling his appearance at Comicpalooza this year due to filming.— Comicpalooza Con (@Comicpalooza) March 28, 2014
The festival does coincide with the May start date of Star Wars: Episode VII, which explains why some have drawn this conclusion. The actor himself helped add fuel to the fire when he posted the following Tweet, which really could be for anything.
Having dinner before flight. .. Sounds good! pic.twitter.com/oOAeiQvS3h— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) March 23, 2014
Peter Mayhew has stated in the past that he would love nothing more than to return for Star Wars: Episode VII. He's been quite active on the convention circuit since his knee surgery, and may be recovering faster than expected. Chewbacca, covered in fur, never had problems finding a stunt double, so its quite possible that the actor is returning to reprise his role in some capacity.
What do you think? Do you hope the original Wookie returns?