News keeps on coming out about the J. J. Abrams-directed Star Wars films. Earlier this week Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said this week that most of the cast for the highly-anticipated movie are: “in place”. Though there haven’t been any confirmations, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving and Adam Driver have been amongst those linked to the project. Last year, it was heavily speculated that Chewbacca would feature in Star Wars: Episode VII, after fans noticed a casting call had been sent out for a male actor over 7ft tall. Even if Peter Mayhew, who played the character in the original trilogy, wasn’t playing him, it was a relief to read that they weren’t going down the CGI route with the character.
The Hollywood Reporter has now announced that he will play the ‘walking carpet’. Mayhew has previously expressed his support of Disney’s deal with George Lucas to make the new Star Wars films, saying:
“I have no doubt Disney will respect and continue the legacy of Lucasfilm. I have worked with Disney for many years during their Star Wars Weekends Celebration and seen how much they love the films and the fans.”
Rumours of certain other original cast members returning continue to persist….