The mantle of Chewbacca has officially been passed down and the new actor knows he has a very big fur suit to fill.
All we ever get out of Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies is grunts and growls, his shyriiwook language untranslatable to us but understood by Han and his friends. But Chewie actor Peter Mayhew didn’t growl on the set—he actually spoke lines, and it’s kind of amazing to watch in action.
Obi-Wan Kenobi being struck down—and becoming more powerful than we could possibly imagine—is a defining moment in the Star Wars saga. It informs so much of Luke’s journey from farmhand to Jedi Knight. It’s a chapter in the tragic tale of Anakin Skywalker. But in the initial script, it wasn’t going to happen.
Ever since George Lucas tweaked the original Star Wars movies, fans incensed by the changes have rallied together under one cry: “Han shot first!” For those who maintain that Han blasted Greedo away before the bounty hunter could react, you need to read this early version of the original Star Wars script, courtesy of…
The original Star Wars went through so many iterations before it became the beloved movie we all know today. As Chewbacca, actor Peter Mayhew of course was given the different version of the scripts the movie went through, and now he’s posting pages of the script on Twitter every day in the lead-up to currently rather…
Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the original Star Wars, took to Twitter Thursday night and unleashed a veritable trove of annotated behind-the-scenes photos from the original trilogy. Some of these shots you'll no doubt recognize, but many of them were new to us – like this ridiculously adorable photo of…
Previous analyses of the fossil record suggest that biodiversity tends to dip during warm, "greenhouse" phases of global temperature. Now, research published this week turns that conclusion on its head; a warming planet, it seems, may actually encourage variation in Earth's lifeforms.
Chewie, the script to a behind-the-scenes tale about Star Wars' Wookiee, was one of our favorite screenplays on the 2011 Black List — now it has a director! Kyle Newman of Fanboys has signed on to helm the odd story of Peter Mayhew, hospital worker turned Wookie smuggler. Via Mayhew's Twitter account:
Yes, that's Chewbacca, Clone Wars-style! The greatest Wookiee of them all will be appearing in the two-part season finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and he'll be voiced by original Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew. Can I get a rrrorrrww?
If things had turned out differently, Peter Mayhew could have played Bigfoot, adding to a resume that already included the coolest Wookiee in a galaxy far, far away. Sean Whitley, writer and director of Southern Fried Bigfoot, explains.