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‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Adds Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca

The actor, who played the Wookiee in the original trilogy, will reprise his role in Disney and Lucasfilm’s sequel.

FilmMagic; Everett Collection

FilmMagic; Everett Collection

The trio of new leads for Star Wars: Episode VII has yet to be revealed, but an actor from the original franchise is returning to reprise his role.

Peter Mayhew will play Chewbacca for Disney and Lucasfilm’s upcoming sequel, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

Mayhew played the legendary Wookiee and Han Solo’s co-pilot in the original trilogy, beginning withStar Wars Episode IV – A New Hope in 1977. Rumors recently surfaced that he was reprising his role after he canceled an upcoming appearance at Texas convention Comicpalooza “due to filming.” Since the convention takes place May 23-26, many fans wondered if that meant the actor would be busy withEpisode VII.

Read the full story at the HollywoodReporter.com

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