It was recently revealed that preliminary filming on Star Wars: Episode VII is already underway, with most of the cast already set. Director J.J. Abrams is known for keeping an extremely tight lid on his projects, and indeed Disney has officially announced/confirmed nearly nothing about the project, even though principal photography is only weeks away. The one confirmed cast member we do have is R2D2, and now it looks like another familiar face will officially be returning as well: Chewbacca. This would lead one to believe that a Han Solo announcement can’t be too far off.
Per Heat Vision, Peter Mayhew will be reprising his role as Chewbacca in Episode VII, though further details about the character return are unknown. Though there has been no confirmation yet, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher are said to be reprising their roles as Han, Luke, and Leia as well, so Chewbacca would fit into the “old guard” set of characters that will be joined by three new young leads.
Again, confirmed information regarding Episode VII is basically non-existent at this point, but THR seems confident that Chewbacca will be returning. This is the first sign for Expanded Universe fans that we are going to have to accept that things will change. The only other solid piece of casting we have thus far is Adam Driver (Girls) onboard to play an undisclosed villain, which was also reported by THR.
With filming poised to begin in earnest next month, May 4th feels like the perfect opportunity to, once and for all, unveil the full official cast list. Fingers crossed. Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.