By: Benjamin Hart
Yesterday we reported on a recent casting call for Episode VII that seemed to suggest that J.J Abrams & Co. might be planning to re-cast Chewbacca in the upcoming film. Many have pointed out that Peter Mayhew, the actor that has played Chewbacca thus far in the Saga, has recently undergone knee replacement surgery and may not be ready to don the fur once again when filming begins for Episode VII early next year. But now the folks at Bleeding Cool are reporting that Peter Mayhew himself might have plans of the contrary:
"This surgery is being documented in a film, Standing In The Stars: The Peter Mayhew Story. At this moment in time, Peter has undergone four separate operations – and is heading into a month’s worth of “intense rehabilitation and recovery.”
That film’s director, W. Ryan Ziegler dropped me a line to pass on a message from Peter. It’s very simple, and it’s actually incredibly moving. Succinctly enough, he’s said:
I intend to pursue the role of Chewbacca for Episode VII."
So there you have it, almost straight from the Wookiee's mouth. Let's hope Peter's plan is a success and that he is fully recovered in time for filming! Having him back as Chewie again would make Episode VII that much more special!