/star-wars-episode-vii-already-in-production-casting-almost-complete/Yesterday, it was leaked by Disney chairman Alan Horn that Star Wars: Episode VII had already begun production with most of the cast secured. Now, we get the second cast member announced for the sequel following R2D2. Peter Mayhew will return as the world's most beloved Wookie, Chewbacca.
Sources close to the production revealed the information to The Hollywood Reporter, though Disney and LucasFilm have refused to comment.
Peter Mayhew played Chewbacca, Han Solo's co-pilot of the Millinium Falcon, in the original trilogy, which includes Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. He later reprised the role for Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, and also played the character in the now infamous Star Wars: Holiday Special.
/peter-mayhew-returning-as-chewbacca-in-star-wars-7/Rumors began to surface last month, when Comicpalooza Con sent out an official Tweet to announced that Peter Mayhew would not be in attendance this year 'due to 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
It was originally believed that Peter Mayhew would not be able to return and the role would have to be recast after the actor underwent double knee surgery last year. Apparently, he is recovering fast and ready to go to work alongside old on-screen partner Harrison Ford.
While director J.J. Abrams claimed early on that Star Wars: Episode VII wouldn't be a secretive affair, that doesn't seem to be the case, as the shooting start date has already been kept under wraps, and we don't know any of the other cast members yet.
It was originally believed that the sequel wouldn't start shooting until May. The storyline takes place 30 years after the events seen in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi.