Despite his health failing due to his gigantic size, actor Peter Mayhew is determined to try and win back his iconic role has Han Solo’s pal Chewbacca. As was reported earlier this month, Mayhew has been confined to a wheel chair after double knee replacement surgery this year and the prospects of him being able to play Chewbacca in J.J. Abrams new Star Wars film seemed not so bright.
But according to Bleeding Cool, Mayhew isn’t going to just give the role of his lifetime up, and it trying to get healthy enough to where he can put on the Chewbacca suit and reprise his role from the original trilogy films.
That film’s director, W. Ryan Ziegler dropped me a line to pass on a message from Peter. It’s very simple, and it’s actually incredibly moving. Succinctly enough, he’s said:
I intend to pursue the role of Chewbacca for Episode VII.
To the point.
The film that Bleeding Cool is referring to is Standing In The Stars: The Peter Mayhew Story which happens to document Mayhew’s surgery earlier this year.
Star Wars fans will rejoice over the fact that a fan favorite like Mayhew is trying to reprise his role along side Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill. Obviously there is a long road a head of Mayhew, but if he has the will to play Chewbacca it seems nothing will keep him from the role.