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From:The Straits Timesposted on 8 April at 12:29 PM
8 April at 12:29 PM

Peter Mayhew to reprise Chewbacca role in new Star Wars movie

Peter Mayhew, the original actor behind the lovable Star Wars character Chewbacca, is set to reprise his role in the new film Episode VII. 

The 2.2m-tall star, now 69 years old, played the legendary Wookiee in the original trilogy, beginning in 1977. 

Rumours recently surfaced that he was reprising his role after he cancelled an upcoming appearance at Texas convention "due to filming", said The Hollywood Reporter

The report also said that filming for the new Star Wars film, to be directed by J.J. Abrams, has already begun. 

Although the film's lead actors are yet to be revealed, other names thrown up as cast members include Breaking Bad's Jesse Plemons, Downton Abbey star Ed Speleers, and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o.

Star Wars: Episode VII is slated to hit theatres on December 18, 2015.

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