A UK acting agencies that specialise in actors with extraordinary physiques, received a new and very interesting Star Wars casting call...
Here's what it says:
Tall Man (Male, 21 – 60) 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.This definitely sounds like they are looking for a new Chewbacca. Remember that Peter Mayhew who played Chewie in the Original Trilogy and Episode 3 is exactly 7.2 ft and fits the description perfectly.
Now the question is - is this a casting call for the real Chewbacca or for another Wookie character?
Recently Peter Mayhew had a double knee replacement surgery and is trying really hard to be back on his feet and be available for Episode 7. Will there be enough time for his recovery? I hope yes.
Also we have to keep in mind that this casting call might not be for Episode 7 but for the first spin-off movie which is expected to hit the theaters in 2016. And many people suggested that the first one will be about Han Solo. And who is Han Solo without Chewie.
Now Peter Mayhew himself made a brief comment on this:
I intend to pursue the role of Chewbacca for Episode VII.Go for it Chewie, we know you can do it. :)