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'Star Wars' likely returning to Tatooine for 'Episode VII' shoot

11 April 2014 10:59 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Tatooine may be pretty far from the bright center of the universe, but the desert world will reportedly continue to be important to the "Star Wars" galaxy. J.J. Abrams' upcoming "Episode VII" will head to the Middle East in May, where Abu Dhabi will stand in for Luke Skywalker's home planet, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The United Arab Emirates city-state is reportedly replacing Tunisia, where the Tatooine scenes from the previous "Star Wars" films were shot. The report claims that the switch was made due to the ongoing political instability in the North African country.  Universal's "Fast & Furious 7" is also currently shooting in Abu Dhabi, after resuming production earlier this month.  Tatooine was a major setting in the original 1977 film, 1983's "Return of the Jedi" and 1999's "The Phantom Menace," while both "Attack of the Clones" and "Revenge of the Sith" also had pivotal scenes take place there. »

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Peter Mayhew Returns as Chewbacca in Star Wars: Episode VII

8 April 2014 4:33 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

It was recently revealed that "Star Wars: Episode VII" already started filming and that all the major roles have been cast. The Hollywood Reporter just learned that one of those roles is Chewbacca and that Peter Mayhew will return to play the character. Mayhew played the Wookiee and Han Solo's co-pilot in the original trilogy, beginning with "Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope" in 1977. Rumors recently surfaced that he was reprising his role after he canceled an upcoming appearance at Texas convention Comicpalooza "due to filming." Mayhew, who also played Chewbacca in prequel film "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith," has mainly spent his career playing the iconic character, but also appeared in the horror film "Terror" and did voice work in the British version of "Dragon Ball Gt: A Hero's Legacy." "Star Wars: Episode VII" is directed by Jj Abrams and is set »

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Original Chewbacca actor set to return in Star Wars: Episode VII

8 April 2014 2:38 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

7ft 3in Peter Mayhew to reprise role as Han Solo's furry Wookiee sidekick in Jj Abrams's Star Wars sequel

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British actor Peter Mayhew will reprise his role as Chewbacca in Jj Abrams's forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Mayhew, 69, signalled his intention to play Han Solo's furry wookie sidekick once again in September. The actor, who stood 7ft 3in tall in his youth, previously starred as Chewbacca in four Star Wars films the original trilogy that ran between 1977 and 1983, and 2005's prequel Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

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Peter Mayhew Returns as Chewbacca in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

7 April 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Yesterday, it was leaked by Disney chairman Alan Horn that Star Wars: Episode VII had already begun production with most of the cast secured. Now, we get the second cast member announced for the sequel following R2D2. Peter Mayhew will return as the world's most beloved Wookie, Chewbacca.

Sources close to the production revealed the information to The Hollywood Reporter, though Disney and LucasFilm have refused to comment.

Peter Mayhew played Chewbacca, Han Solo's co-pilot of the Millinium Falcon, in the original trilogy, which includes Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. He later reprised the role for Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, and also played the character in the now infamous Star Wars: Holiday Special.

Rumors began to surface last month, when Comicpalooza »

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Peter Mayhew Returning As Chewbacca For Star Wars: Episode VII

7 April 2014 1:26 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII currently filming, casting announcements are beginning to emerge. Today, THR has announced that Peter Mayhew will be reprising the role of everyone’s favorite wookie sidekick, Chewbacca.

Chewbacca is the second original character to officially join the long-anticipated sequel, the first of which was R2-D2. As exciting as it is to hear that they’ll be on the big screen again, I can’t help but feel a bit disappointed that we still don’t have any word on which human characters will be showing up when the film hits theaters on December 18th, 2015. That being said, Chewie’s involvement does give weight to the assumption that the original trilogy’s trio of stars will be returning. After all, you can’t have Chewbacca without Han (the character’s Revenge of the Sith cameo notwithstanding).

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Chewie Could Be Bacca Bacca Bacca For Star Wars: Episode VII

7 April 2014 1:10 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

While we’re worried that the lack of confirmation from Disney Boss Alan Horn during a recent appearance means it still requires us to keep one finger on the Rumour Alert Klaxon, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Peter Mayhew, the man who played Chewbacca in the original Star Wars trilogy and Revenge Of The Sith, will reportedly be back inside the walking carpet for Star Wars: Episode VII.Though there has been no official announcement, chatter has risen about the possibility of Mayhew bringing ‘Bacca back to the Star Wars universe after he cancelled a convention appearance scheduled for May due to “filming.” Though Episode VII has reportedly already begun shooting, it was officially announced as kicking off next month and will be in production for several months. It’s also worth noting that the very same press release that talked up the shooting dates mentioned some "familiar faces" alongside the new leads. »

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Peter Mayhew to join Star Wars: Episode VII?

7 April 2014 1:03 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

News Ryan Lambie 7 Apr 2014 - 21:03

Reports suggest that Peter Mayhew is set to return as Chewbacca in the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VII...

It's not long since we learned that Jj Abrams had successfully started production on Star Wars: Episode VII without a blast of media feedback - that is, until the story broke and began circulating all over the internet.

While we're still waiting for confirmation as to who will play the three new, fresh-faced leads in the film - or the sequel's official title, for that matter - we have learned that one familiar name could be joining the already-confirmed Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford.

According to The Hollywood Reporter's sources, that familiar name is none other than Peter Mayhew, who's said to be reprising his role of Chewbacca.The story hasn't been officially confirmed, but it's a pleasing one if true: Mayhew has sadly »

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Peter Mayhew Set to Return as Chewbacca in Star Wars Episode VII

7 April 2014 12:50 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Following reports that Peter Mayhew had dropped out of an upcoming convention appearance due to filming commitments, speculation began running rampant that it more than likely had something to do with him making a return as Han Solo’s iconic Wookie partner Chewbacca in J.J. AbramsStar Wars Episode VII.

Well, The Hollywood Reporter has now confirmed that Mayhew will indeed be back as Chewie, making him the latest original cast member to be linked to the highly anticipated sequel.

If previous reports are to be believed, he’ll join Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, along with new cast members Adam Driver and Lupita Nyong’o. Who else will be there alongside them in Star Wars Episode VII remains to be seen, but Disney chairman Alan Horn recently revealed that the new Star Wars movie has begun filming and that most of the cast is set. We just »

- Josh Wilding

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Peter Mayhew Returns as Chewbacca for 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

7 April 2014 12:37 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

This is hardly news, but I do think it's pretty cool director J.J. Abrams is bringing back the 7'3" Peter Mayhew to play Chewbacca in Star Wars: Episode VII. There's no word on just what exactly the character's involvement in the story will be and I highly doubt it's going to be a major action-based performance, but to give Mayhew the chance to play the Wookiee once again is a nice nod to his involvement in the original trilogy, beginning with Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope in 1977 as well as in 2005's Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. THR brings the news noting Mayhew had to cancel a convention appearance taking place on May 23-26 "due to filming". The filming in question is now clear. This makes Mayhew the first actor from the original cast confirmed to star in the new feature. Carrie Fisher »

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Peter Mayhew Returns as Chewbacca for 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

7 April 2014 12:37 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

This is hardly news, but I do think it's pretty cool director J.J. Abrams is bringing back the 7'3" Peter Mayhew to play Chewbacca in Star Wars: Episode VII. There's no word on just what exactly the character's involvement in the story will be and I highly doubt it's going to be a major action-based performance, but to give Mayhew the chance to play the Wookiee once again is a nice nod to his involvement in the original trilogy, beginning with Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope in 1977 as well as in 2005's Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. THR brings the news noting Mayhew had to cancel a convention appearance taking place on May 23-26 "due to filming". The filming in question is now clear. This makes Mayhew the first actor from the original cast confirmed to star in the new feature. Carrie Fisher »

- Brad Brevet

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Chewbacca Actor Peter Mayhew Back For Star Wars: Episode VII

7 April 2014 12:19 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

J.J. Abrams really does plan on getting the old gang back together. After officially confirming (via social media) that R2-D2 would be a member of Star Wars: Episode VII, Abrams apparently is going to the original Wookiee for his cast. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Peter Mayhew will "reprise his role" for the soon-to-film sequel. Mayhew played Han Solo's co-pilot in all three original Star Wars films, then returned to the role for Star Wars: Episode III . Revenge of the Sith. He has been a fixture on the Star Wars fan circuit for generations, and has hinted in the past that he'd be happy to return to the character of Chewbacca is Abrams needed him for Episode VII. Here are the various "moods" the super-tall Mayhew can bring to the part! We have suspected for a while now that Abrams wanted a new Chewbacca in Star Wars: Episode »

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Can we abandon the all-action ending to blockbuster movies?

7 April 2014 10:12 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Simon Brew 8 Apr 2014 - 06:24

We've seen plenty of people hitting each other. As audiences, aren't we ready for something else?

Lots of blockbuster films have increasingly bold and intriguing ideas. Captain America: The Winter Soldier has strong elements of 70s political thriller. Man Of Steel questions how welcome an outsider is on Earth. On the same theme, X-Men films, at their best, look at the toleration of differences in modern, and modern-ish society. By many measures, the core of blockbuster cinema is getting more intelligent, more ambitious, and more willing to take chances. Give us themes such as those over the hollow core of Wild Wild West any day, thank you.

But why, no matter how intriguing the set-up, does it now seem compulsory for a modern blockbuster movie to conclude with a last act generally packed to the gills with often-incomprehensible action? Why is there some unwritten »

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Peter Mayhew Returning as Chewbacca in 'Star Wars 7'?

28 March 2014 3:42 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last we heard, Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the first three Star Wars movies and returned to reprise the role in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, not to mention his notorious participation in the infamous Star Wars: Holiday Special, was not going to return for Star Wars: Episode VII due to age and injury. New developments suggest that might not be true.

Could the world's most beloved Wookie be returning to screens in 2015?

After Peter Mayhew's double-knee surgery last year, it was expected that Disney and Lucasfilm would have to recast Chewbacca, which was upsetting to many fans. Some of whom wanted to see the actor return more than they do Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill or Carrie Fisher. While this latest speculation is unconfirmed, the Houston, Texas version of Comic Con, the Comicpalooza Con, sent out an official Tweet to announced that Peter Mayhew »

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Star Wars: Episode VII set to roll cameras in May, set 30 years after Return of the Jedi

19 March 2014 4:33 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Finally some Star Wars: Episode VII news! Not terribly surprising news mind you. But at the rate it's been coming we'll take anything won't we?

So then, lets get down to it. Here's the news from StarWars.com...

"Disney and Lucasfilm are excited to announce that principal photography on Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams, will commence May 2014, and will be based at London's historic Pinewood Studios.

This will be the first Star Wars film to start shooting in the month of May. Lucasfilm has documented the first day of principal photography for every instalment of the Star Wars saga:

March 22, 1976 -- The first day of principal photography in Tozeur, Tunisia, for Star Wars. A crew of 130 ventures into the desert in 42 trucks and cars, including eight army trucks full of equipment. The first shot was completed at 9:35 a.m.

March 5, 1979 -- The first day of principal photography in Finse, »

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‘Star Wars Episode VII’ Will Take Place 30 Years After ‘Return Of The Jedi’

19 March 2014 2:40 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We’ve heard a lot of news, or should I rumours, revolving around Star Wars Episode VII, but there has been no solid, official releases from Lucasfilm and Disney of late, until now. StarWars.com posted an official release on the site late yesterday. A lot of the release was a timeline of the history of the first day of shooting on each of the films, but the last line of the release confirmed that Episode VII will be ‘set about 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, and will star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces. No further details on casting or plot are available at this time.’

Will the familiar faces be that of Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker? The timeline fits with the ageing of the actors, but we’ll have to »

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Official Star Wars: Episode VII News - Setting and Principal Photography

18 March 2014 1:15 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Up until this point, most of what we’ve heard regarding Star Wars: Episode VII has been mere rumor or speculation. We all knew that with J.J. Abrams at the helm any details would be shrouded in secrecy, but this has been ridiculous. There still hasn’t been a single official casting announcement made — even for the expected return of the primary cast from the original trilogy. However, today two pieces of news have dropped straight from the house of Disney.

First off, Disney and Lucasfilm announced through their official Star Wars site that principal photography for Episode VII will begin in May. I’ve included the official announcement below, along with a timeline of all the start dates for the previous installments in the franchise.

The second piece of news comes straight from Disney CEO Bob Iger. Iger spoke at Disney’s annual shareholder meeting this morning and casually »

- Eli Reyes

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LucasFilm Releases ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Chronological Episode Order List

17 March 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

We all know that Star Wars: The Clone Wars has always been chronologically set during the three-year time period between the Star Wars prequel films Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. To be more specific, 22–19 Bby on the Galactic Standard Calendar (where Bby means Before the Battle of Yavin, and Aby […]

The post LucasFilm Releases ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Chronological Episode Order List appeared first on /Film. »

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“The Lost Missions” of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Begin

14 March 2014 7:20 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

When Disney purchased Lucasfilm and announced a new future for the Star Wars franchise, part of that future included shifting the animation wing of the company to the Disney Xd channel. That meant, rather than moving the popular Clone Wars series from The Cartoon Network to Xd, Disney would create a new series, Rebels, which is set to premiere later this year. With the somewhat abrupt cancellation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, it was announced that the remaining episodes that had been produced would be finished for an abbreviated final season to premiere on Netflix. Last Friday, those final thirteen episodes, dubbed “The Lost Missions,” as well as each previous episode in the Clone Wars series began streaming.

Clone Wars is set between two of the films, Episode II and Episode III, covering the frontlines of the actual intergalactic war that leads towards the creation of the Empire. The »

- Tony Nunes

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 6 Starts Off With a Bang

12 March 2014 11:38 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Netflix is flexing its muscles once again by bringing what has become known as Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Lost Missions to the millions of subscribers of their streaming services. If fans of "a Galaxy Far, Far Away" weren't already plugged into their services, I'm sure they are now. Not only has the company acquired the rights for the sixth season's thirteen episodes, but all five of the previous seasons which were originally only available through Cartoon Network and on Blu-ray and DVD.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars was thought to be one of the fatalities of the buy-out of Lucasfilm by Disney. However, it was recently announced that the show's final season would indeed hit TV and media devices and finish what it started back in 2008. I can tell fans who have been waiting in feverish anticipation that your wait hasn't been in vain.

While in battle, »

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 6 Starts Off With a Bang

12 March 2014 11:38 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Netflix is flexing its muscles once again by bringing what has become known as Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Lost Missions to the millions of subscribers of their streaming services. If fans of "a Galaxy Far, Far Away" weren't already plugged into their services, I'm sure they are now. Not only has the company acquired the rights for the sixth season's thirteen episodes, but all five of the previous seasons which were originally only available through Cartoon Network and on Blu-ray and DVD.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars was thought to be one of the fatalities of the buy-out of Lucasfilm by Disney. However, it was recently announced that the show's final season would indeed hit TV and media devices and finish what it started back in 2008. I can tell fans who have been waiting in feverish anticipation that your wait hasn't been in vain.

While in battle, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Eric Shirey)

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