As a Star Wars fan, I’ve got to admit, as much as I’ve enjoyed the experience of getting to see two new “Star Wars” movies back on the big screen, they’re nowhere near the fun of the originals. I’m sure that’s a pretty universal comment. Sure, the effects are good, the storyline ok and the actors a who’s who of Hollywood – but the revolutionary feel and energy of the original films seems to be lost in exchange for a drastic attempt to sell toys. Hope lies within Episode 3 though, and with news recently surfacing that Chewbacca will be back for it – Lucas finds himself awarded a pilot point.
‘Gareth’ from Skiewed and Reviewed has further details today on Chewbacca’s role in the film, via an email that was sent to him at the site.
“I attended the Walt Disney Star Wars Weekend at MGM Studios, Orlando, on Sunday the 8th of June. The celebrity guests were Jeremy Bullock and Peter Mayhew. At 2pm they had a ‘Questions and Answers’ session with the two stars. About 200 people attended inside the ABC on-site cinema. Anyway, out of this session came this very VERY interesting piece of info from Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca in EP3).
“He confirmed he will be returning as Chewbacca. The interviewer, whose name was Brian Stone I believe, pushed Mayhew a little further into what Chewies role will be in Episode 3. Mayhew seemed pretty uncomfortable at that point, sitting forward in his chair. In a much quieter voice he announced to the audience, and this is almost a straight quote as me and my partner remember it, "Chewbacca rescues and delivers the two children to Ben Kenobi". He then sat back in his chair and refused to commit any more.
“So I hope this is of some interest to you. And as we wondered the park that afternoon, one thing seemed to back up Mayhews info. Chewbacca and Obi-Wan Kenobi seem to already know each other in the Cantina in A New Hope. Perhaps this falls into place? What other reason would Chewie be in EP3 if not to show a connection to Kenobi?”
Yes indeedy deed. It’ll be nice to see young Chewie back on board. Now if only we can get a young Han Solo to make an appearance…