"Star Wars: Episode VII" Casting Coup: Peter Mayhew Returning as Chewbacca

By Natalie Finn
|  Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014  |  Updated 10:03 AM PDT
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Chewbacca is reportedly returning for "Star Wars: Episode VII"

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Another pretty big piece (a 7-foot-3-inch-tall piece, in fact) of the "Star Wars: Episode VII" casting puzzle is reportedly in place.

Following news that production on the hugely anticipated reboot of the famed George Lucas-created franchise was quietly under way, sources have told The Hollywood Reporter that Peter Mayhew is returning as Han Solo's No. 1 wing-Wookie, Chewbacca.

The rumor mill started churning at high speed after Mayhew had to cancel a May appearance at Comicpalooza in Texas "due to filming."

And that's gotta be music (lyrics charmingly unintelligible, of course) to big-time fans.

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Mayhew joins reported returnees Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill, confirmed returnee Carrie Fisher, series newcomer Adam Driver and...

That's all anyone really knows at this point, though surely the super-secretive J.J. Abrams, who cowrote the script and is directing, can't keep a lid on his entire cast for long.

Oscar winner Michael Arndt started penning the screenplay but Abrams ultimately took over along with "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi" scribe Lawrence Kasdan.

Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn told THR last week that, as far as actors go, the production has "a lot of them. We're just not completely done yet."

But cue the epic fanfare when that announcement is made! May the force continue to be with the casting department.

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