Rumour Report: Peter Mayhew to be replaced in Ep.7?

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Having recently undergone a successful double-knee operation, it was assumed that actor Peter Mayhew’s chances of reprising his role as Chewbacca in Episode VII would be negatively affected, assuming of course Chewbacca is slated to return in the film.

Now we get word via Den of Geek about a casting call that has gone out in the UK with the following description:

A call has been put out by “Walt Disney Pictures/LucasFilm/Bad Robot” for a: “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”.

Could this indicate Lucasfilm/Disney are concerned that Mayhew’s recovery will not be sufficiently completed in time for the start of Episode VII filming? Or is this simply a casting call for an entirely new character altogether? As always, time will tell.

Source: Jedi News

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