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'Star Wars: Episode 7': Peter Mayhew May Play Chewbacca Again

Chasing rumors can be a tricky business in the movie world, especially if they're related to a hot property like Star Wars: Episode VII and a filmmaker like J.J. Abrams. Abrams has brought his trademark "mystery box" brand of filmmaking along with him for the next installment in the Star Wars cinematic universe; to date, he's played with his cards close to the vest, and Disney has followed along in kind, letting practically no plot or casting details slip through any official avenues.

It's a tactic that works, in the sense that everything about Star Wars: Episode VII has mostly stayed under lock and key for the whole of pre-production, but the strategy also fosters wild speculation once the Internet gets a whiff of even a questionable lead. Case in point: after much hemming and hawing over the possibility that the film might recast Chewbacca, everybody's favorite Wookie, following actor Peter Mayhew's double-knee replacement surgery, there's now a glimmer of hope Mayhew may reprise his role after all.

Do note, before continuing, that this is very much unconfirmed, a theory spurred on by a somewhat enigmatic Tweet fired off by the Comicpalooza Con's Twitter account, the subtext of which the folks at Coming Soon picked up on immediately. Turns out that Mayhew had been on the books to appear at this year's Comicpalooza event, but that he canceled that scheduled guest stint earlier today for filming reasons; all told, it's a pretty cryptic message, the full content of which can be seen below:

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'Star Wars: Episode 7': Peter Mayhew May Play Chewbacca Again