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Are Lucasfilm looking to recast Chewbacca in Star Wars: Episode VII?

September 24th, 2013 by Marc 1 Comment

Den of Geek are reporting that a casting call has been put out by Walt Disney Pictures/LucasFilm/Bad Robot for an actor of approximately 7-7’3′ ft in height.

Could this be a replacement for Peter Mayhew (currently in hospital after knee surgery) as Chewbacca, a completely new Wookiee or some other character.

According to the site, the studios are looking for a:

“Male, 7 ft to 7.3 ft tall with a slim/thin build and upright posture. Not too worked out or too ‘thick set’ especially in the shoulders. Broad facial features would be a bonus.”

Den of Geek believes that because Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew is 7′ 3″ tall, the production could be looking to cast an actor to play a wookie. But who knows until we get official confirmation of this.

As ever, let us know your thoughts.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….