‘Star Wars’ Sidekick Chewbacca to Get His Own Movie (Sort Of)

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Peter Mayhew ‘Star Wars’ Sidekick Chewbacca to Get His Own Movie (Sort Of)

If Star Wars fans have learned anything from their favorite saga, it’s that you should always let the Wookiee win. In fact, ever since Chewbacca first appeared in 1977’s original Star Wars film, the seven-foot tall “walking carpet” (Leia’s words, not ours) quickly established himself as a fan favorite. After appearing in the original classic trilogy, the character’s original portrayer, Peter Mayhew, was then brought back for 2005’s Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.

Now, longtime Chewbacca fans have something new to look forward to in the form of a film called Chewie, according to a Twitter update from Mayhew himself.

Here’s what he had to say:

“Yes, we’re working with Kyle Newman and the team on CHEWIE, The Movie and are hopeful it can move forward. Rumors can begin now, Forcecast!”

Director Kyle Newman – whom Star Wars fans may remember helmed 2009’s Fanboys – is developing Chewie from a screenplay off of Hollywood’s Black List of the best unproduced scripts. Set during the making of the original Star Wars film, the story (written by Evan Susser and Van Robichaux) follows Mayhew as a hospital worker moonlighting as an actor on George Lucas’ epic, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

A few months back, we reported that Susser and Robichaux were attached to the film (as well as a live-action adaptation of The Jetsons), but Mayhew’s tweet seems to indicate that Chewie is finally gearing up for pre-production. Mayhew has portrayed the iconic Wookiee as recently as last year – on a Christmas episode of Glee, no less – but with the film set more than 30 years in the past, it’s unlikely that the 68-year-old actor would appear as himself in the new production. More likely, he’d be credited as a producer, and another actor would be cast in his place (though he would obviously have big shoes to fill).

Clone Wars Chewie ‘Star Wars’ Sidekick Chewbacca to Get His Own Movie (Sort Of)

It’s unclear exactly how Newman plans to approach the film, but given his prior involvement in the Star Wars universe – through the aforementioned Fanboys – he is ideally positioned to lead the project. Newman even went so far as to secure Mayhew’s life rights so that he could develop the film himself. Under his supervision, Chewie will likely play as part-biopic, part loving tribute to Mayhew’s career and one of the most enduring characters in Star Wars.

Since the big screen Star Wars saga wrapped up in 2005, a number of ancillary projects have turned to beloved supporting characters to keep the franchise afloat. For instance, Episode I baddie Darth Maul has become a central figure on Cartoon Network’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series, and rumors have circulated that bounty hunter Boba Fett may get his own film at some point. Plus, fans are still waiting for that much-talked-about live-action series, said to focus on secondary characters and take place between Episode III and IV.

In the meantime, though, it’s nice to know that fans can now look forward to Chewie’s chance in the spotlight.

Does Chewie sound like a good idea for a film to you, Screen Rant readers? Let us know in the comments.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter, Twitter

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  1. Might be interesting.

  2. ARGGGHHHHHRRHGHGGHHGGHHHH!!!!!!!

    • Well said :D

  3. When the original Star Wars was being filmed many thought it would flop since SciFi was a struggling format. After SW became a smash hit, SciFi was all over the place. Mayhew’s point of view must have been bitter sweet. On one hand he is thinking, ‘WOW! Im in Star Wars!!!’ and on the other hand he is thinking, ‘BUT! Im in a damn gorilla costume the whole time!’ Either way the original SW films are still magical and us fans love to hear anything we can about it.

  4. Hi there i just want to say this sounds good, I love anything to do with starwars, there was mention of the Bobba Fet film,, i have to tell you I had the wonderful moment to meet Jeremy Bullock for the first time ever at a star wars convention in ireland and it was an amazing experience. Everyone who was there could go up to jeremy and i got a chance and it was amazing.

    I was their early and It was just himself and myself talking it was incredible, I asked him what do you think about the Bobba film. He said to me ” to be honest I dont think he is ready yet, I think the mystery and unknown about him is what made him popular, and keeping some of that is what makes him who he is”. Well there you go straight from the horses mouth.

    also i was able to talk to the guy that done log ray and he also operated the tale of Jabba the hut as well,, he was great to talk too as well, and then I got to talk to Billy Dee, twice i interviewed him with my cam, and asked him from the crowd—— what he taught of being in the Falcon, and he said,, ”it was like been in disneyland, thats great thing about being an actor, you can become a kid again,, someone asked him what would be the chances of coming back as lando in another starwars film.
    He said why not you never know,,

    Im sure all of you have some great stories to tell about starwars conventions and the whole lot this was my first time at one in ireland,

    if anyone has any sure it would be awesome to put them up here if thats alright by screen rant,, and what are peoples views on the future of Star wars another few more films sequels or dare i say with all the remaking a possible remake of Star wars — only kidding,, but if anyone has a few ideas,, just out of starwars geekesom,, take care all the best God bless and may the force be with you

  5. So would there be subtitles for all the Wookie talk?

  6. As long as it doesn’t come out looking like the SW Holiday Special, that featured Chewie’s family! Even the most die hard SW fans know of that travesty!