We are little over three months away from the production start date of Star Wars Episode VII and we have yet another casting rumor to address surrounding the film. While no one has officially been cast, despite the numerous high profile names that have been flying around, a new casting call has surfaced thanks to Yahoo! UK.
Per a casting call the site picked up on, the production of Star Wars Episode VII is looking for a tall actor with upright posture who is also thin and slim — you know, like a Wookie.
“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 is a casting development that had to have been expected by Star Wars fans as recent health issues have caused long time Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew to drop out of the new film. But while the actor who is cast as the new Chewbacca will never actually have his face shown on screen, he’ll be stepping into an iconic role that will forever change his life.
Mayhew has made a living off of being the guy who played Chewbacca in the original Star Wars films and has become a staple at Star Wars cons all over the world. So stepping into the suit of Chewbacca is more than just starring in a Star Wars movie, it’s accepting the torch from Mayhew and taking on the life he’s being forced to leave behind.
Of course, there’s nothing official that says the casting call is for the next Chewbacca, but it doesn’t take a Bonthan Spy to put the pieces together.