Luke Skywalker? Check. Han Solo? Check. Princes Leia? Check. Boba Fett? Check. Lando Calrissian? Check. But what about the Wookie? It just won’t be Star Wars without a Wookie.
Well, you can rest easy. According to the Huffington Post, Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca, has now confirmed that he would also like to return for Star Wars Episode VII as well. You didn’t think the Wookie would hold out, did you?
When asked where he felt Chewbacca fit in the Star Wars sequels, Mayhew said, “In my universe, he will be there fighting the empire all the way. I hope the powers that be feel the same.” Even if Harrison Ford bails on returning as Han Solo, Mayhew felt confident that Chewbacca could find a new partner, mentioning that Chewie and Yoda go way back.
But just like Lando Calrissian, Chewbacca has yet to get the call from Disney. When asked if he had been contacted, Mayhew said, “No, but I hope they will. Wookies, and particularly Chewbacca, are base characters when telling the story of Star Wars. It's important that Chewie remains a part of the story. Everybody loves Chewbacca. I'm sure of it.”
Let’s hope the Mouse doesn’t think that they can just put anybody in that Wookie suit. Mayhew has been a regular at fan conventions through the years, so fans want the actors back they grew up watching.