STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Update: I Bent My Wookie

Featured Critic; Toronto, Canada (@filmfest_ca)
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When we last chatted, there were few new rumours flying around, save for a sure shooting date. Hints have been dropped in the past about other "holy trilogy" characters making an appearance, and R2-D2 already seems all but confirmed.

THR is reporting today that Peter "Chewbacca" Mayhew is to make another appearance on the big screen in the as-yet-to-be-titled Episode 7 (my vote's still on Revenge of the Hope).

Again, not exactly shocking, but it does give credence to the thought of a certain Mr. Ford reprising his role as well. While we wait for official confirmation, why not read the extensive (and aptly named) Wookiepedia entry on the beast that Leia says she'd rather kiss (lies!), and let's take some time to enjoy some classic Chewie action from previous outings.
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RoboticPlagueApril 8, 2014 3:06 AM

He is in a wheelchair now so i am assuming chewie will be CG with him doing the "voice"

Jason GorberApril 8, 2014 11:01 AM

Well, he didn't really do the voice (a combination of a bear, warlrus and other sounds). My understanding was that he used a "scooter", not a full wheelchair, so they could concievably still shoot in (briefly) in the suit, and/or shoot closeups of him.

At this point its 100% nostalgia, of course, no reason another couldn't fill the costume. Still, there's something fun about the continuity of it all that makes it seem like something worth doing.

They continued to give Kenny Baker credit for R2 long after he wasn't inside that as well, so it'll be interesting to see how this all plays out.

Todd BrownApril 8, 2014 11:28 AM

Or Chewie could simply be old and in a wheelchair.

Marcel SamsonApril 8, 2014 11:52 AM

That would be more fun than the entire 2nd trilogy! Him racing around in his wheelchair, going Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

Todd BrownApril 8, 2014 11:53 AM

With his crossbow!

Jason GorberApril 8, 2014 12:33 PM

Not a bad idea, actually... it'd likely be floating:

or, ideally, crawling:

GuestApril 10, 2014 12:39 AM

Yes! My bet is floating upside down like George McFly in Back to the Future 2.