After a few stories from the last few weeks hinting at a possible recasting process going on, here are a few new bits suggesting quite the opposite...
First some great news for Peter Mayhew. After many months of tireless effort, "Chewie has taken to his feet"!
Two weeks ago, within 6 months of his surgery Peter has eliminated the wheelchair from his day to day life all together. He's built the strength to be able to stand on his own two feet and walk long distances without the use of the wheelchair that has bound him for the last few years.
Rehabilitation continues five days a week and 2-3 hours a day. The last two hurdles to overcome are balance and standing for extended periods of time unassisted.
The next one comes from a comedian so keep that in mind.
Australian comedian Jim Jefferies recently appeared on the Opie and Anthony Show. Talking about working with the actress (Fisher will be appearing on Jefferies' FXX television series Legit), the comedian revealed that Fisher is going to London for 6 months filming Star Wars: Episode 7: (via SlashFilm)
"She’s a funny lady, man. She’ll be smoking cigarettes outside and as soon as she gets inside, she’s straight on to the vapor. She’s had some fucking hard partying in her life, I tell ya….She said to me, she goes ‘I’m going off to London for six months to film the new Star Wars movie,’ right? And I don’t think from looking at it, the new Star Wars movie is a direct continuation. It’s number 7 but it’s not going to be the next day, I’ll tell you that much. Maybe she had the same problem the Emperor had, I don’t know."When the hosts suggested that maybe she has a cameo in the movie, Jefferies reiterated “She’s there for six months!”
It's funny that a few months ago another Australian channel revealed that musician James Blunt confirmed that Fisher will reprise her role in Episode 7.
So what's with the Australians and Carrie Fisher? :)
And speaking about the original cast, here's another recent image of Mark Hamill looking good. (via JCF member R-T-)