Good day to you ladies and gents and welcome to a late, but still relevant film news update. Even though information on Star Wars: Episode VII has been scarce for the last few months, recently things have slowly started to pick up as we can see from the following article from superherohype:
“ComingSoon.net reported late last month that original Star Wars trilogy star Peter Mayhew was likely to reprise his role as Chewbacca in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. Today, The Hollywood Reporter brings confirmation, reporting that the 69-year-old actor will, indeed, play the famous Wookiee in the December 18, 2015 release.
Scripted by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, Star Wars: Episode VII will be set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi and will follow a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces. Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are all heavily rumored to appear as older incarnations of their beloved characters from the original Star Wars trilogy, while names like Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o and John Boyega are believed to be among the project’s fresh faces. At this time, however, Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm have only confirmed a single star: R2-D2.
With this past weekend‘s revelation that Star Wars: Episode VII is already in production, expect some additional confirmations regarding the much-anticipated release in the very near future and check back for full details as they become available.”
All I can say is this, “Thank god.” Now to most veteran fans this is a no-brainer and most of us probably expected this character to be back again. That being said it is always reassuring when one of your favourite classic characters is confirmed to return to a franchise as popular and as loved as Star Wars. So what does this mean? Nothing besides the fact that our Wookie friend is back in the game because there is nothing else set in stone at the moment… That being said everyone knows that this film really won’t be the same unless the main three characters makes an appearance in some way, shape or form. A film without Han, Luke and Leia set after the original trilogy would just be weird and quite frankly wrong. But until we hear an official story from Disney, all us fans can do is speculate.