Casting call hints at return of classic 'Star Wars' character

Posted Sep 25, 2013 by Andrew Ellis
It seems as though one of the most beloved "Star Wars" characters might be brought back to the new film. Here's a hint: he's really hairy.
Star Wars  collage illustration
Star Wars, collage illustration
According to Den of Geek, a casting call has been sent out in the UK that's looking for a very specific actor for an "UNTITLED STUDIO FEATURE." It even said that the call was put out by Walt Disney Pictures, LucasFilm, and Bad Robot.
Den of Geek was the first to report that the casting call, put out by a casting and auction service called Spotlight, said there was need for an actor that looked like this:
"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."
Now, if you aren't as into 'Star Wars' as some people are, you may be wondering why that specific description is such a big deal to the beloved franchise. That description, as The Guardian reported, fits what 69-year-old actor Peter Mayhew looks like. He's the one who played everyone's favorite Wookie, Chewbacca, in four Star Wars films. In the original trilogy, he was Han Solo's (Harrison Ford) trusty companion. He's also in "Revenge of the Sith," which is the third movie of the most recent trilogy.
To further the speculation, UK-based online news site The Independent reported that on the sheet it said the movie is scheduled for an early 2014 start date. The Producers of the movie in question are Kathleen Kennedy, JJ Abrams, and Bryan Burk. Tommy Harper is the Executive Producer.
JJ Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII" is going to shoot in the UK, and will arrive in theaters in 2015.