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Star Wars Rebels casts several voice actors while Lucasfilm is possibly looking for a new Chewbacca

09.23.2013

Last week, rumors began floating that two potential actors up for parts in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII were THE BUTLER's David Oyelowo and FRUITVALE STATION's Michael B. Jordan. We can likely put the Oyelowo rumor to rest as The Hollywood Reporter has him, Freddie Prinze, Jr, Vanessa Marshall, Taylor Gray and Steven Jay Blum cast in the new animated series STAR WARS REBELS which will begin airing in Fall 2014. The series will take place between EPISODE III and A NEW HOPE and will follow "the Empire is fortifying its hold on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion is taking shape."

This doesn't prevent Oyelowo from appearing in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, but the time difference between the series and the film makes it unlikely. One new role that we do know that is specifically for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII has a very familiar ring to it:

"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".

That casting call is for an "Untitled Studio Feature" from Disney/Lucasfilm/Bad Robot and sounds very similar to the great Peter Mayhew who played Chewbacca in the original films. Mayhew recently had double knee surgery and is 69 years old, so a younger actor would be needed to inhabit the furry Wookie costume. If Han Solo is back in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, it would seem a natural decision to include his best friend, Chewie.

We are hopefully on the verge of getting official casting news for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, which opens sometime in 2015. Stay tuned.

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8:22AM on 09/24/2013
Michael Myers from Rob Zombie's Halloween...That's one, tall, hairy fucker.
Michael Myers from Rob Zombie's Halloween...That's one, tall, hairy fucker.
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7:36AM on 09/24/2013
SPOILER ALERT!


If the film is truly set when the solo & skywalker children are grown, then this casting is definitely NOT for chewbacca, given that he dies approx 25 years after the original films. (i might be off by a few years).
SPOILER ALERT!


If the film is truly set when the solo & skywalker children are grown, then this casting is definitely NOT for chewbacca, given that he dies approx 25 years after the original films. (i might be off by a few years).
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10:04AM on 09/24/2013
I don't think the film is going to be strictly following the Expanded Universe timeline at all. Something like Chewie's death would be a big event on screen and I don't see them going with it happening in between Episodes VI and VII, even though that's how it is in the books.
I don't think the film is going to be strictly following the Expanded Universe timeline at all. Something like Chewie's death would be a big event on screen and I don't see them going with it happening in between Episodes VI and VII, even though that's how it is in the books.
10:28PM on 09/23/2013
We should do a cast this for Chewbacca!
We should do a cast this for Chewbacca!
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11:01PM on 09/23/2013
Who would you cast? I'm not sure it would yield many hits cuz the only people I can think of are b-ball players, and they're wide in the shoulders usually.
Who would you cast? I'm not sure it would yield many hits cuz the only people I can think of are b-ball players, and they're wide in the shoulders usually.
8:17AM on 09/24/2013
It was sarcasm.
It was sarcasm.
11:31AM on 09/24/2013
Oh, the dreaded sarcasm-online trap. Got it.
Oh, the dreaded sarcasm-online trap. Got it.
10:19PM on 09/23/2013
Perhaps we'll get to see Chewie's extended family from the Holiday Special.

(Not a serious suggestion)
Perhaps we'll get to see Chewie's extended family from the Holiday Special.

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9:16PM on 09/23/2013

robin williams

as Chewbacca!
as Chewbacca!
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6:02PM on 09/23/2013
The thumbnail for the video made me think this was a Star Wars series being produced by Artie Lang.
The thumbnail for the video made me think this was a Star Wars series being produced by Artie Lang.
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6:42PM on 09/23/2013
Or Smeagol.
Or Smeagol.
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