Chewbacca Gets His Own Movie!

The director of Fanboys will bring the story of Peter Mayhew, the man behind the fur, to the big screen.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani


There are only two things we know for certain: Del Taco's Fiesta Pack should not be eaten all by yourself a single sitting, and everyone loves Chewbacca. The gargly-voiced Wookiee was a creature of dignity and occasional comic relief in George Lucas's original Star Wars trilogy, and managed to avoid being stereotyped as Han Solo's ethnic sidekick. He's a cool guy, that Chewbacca, and now he's getting his own movie. Or at least, Peter Mayhew is.

Kyle Newman, the director of the Star Wars inspired heist comedy Fanboys, is currently developing a project called Chewie, a film about the making of the original sci-fi from the perspective of Mayhew, who was dividing his time between George Lucas's film and his day job as a hospital worker. A movie about the making of Star Wars was bound to happen at some point or another, and Newman seems like just the director to do it. The promise of Mayhew performing surgery while wearing a Chewbacca costume only sweetens the deal.

Hollywood Reporter declares that "What's Going On? with Mike Mitchell" creators Evan Susser and Van Robichaux are prepping the screenplay and that Mayhew himself will be involved in the production. Once the project gets underway, assuming it gets that far, we expect casting to be big news. Who could play a young George Lucas, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher? And will Newman just bite the bullet and ask Ewan MacGregor to play Sir Alec Guinness?

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