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'Star Wars: Episode VII': Peter Mayhew 'Will Play' Chewbacca In New Movie (VIDEO)

08/04/2014 13:46 BST | Updated 09/04/2014 10:59 BST

'Star Wars: Episode VII', the forthcoming reboot of the sci-fi saga, will reportedly see the return of a familiar face as actor Peter Mayhew is believed to be reprising his role as Chewbacca.

Peter played the wookiee - famous for his inimitable growl - in the original trilogy, and The Hollywood Reporter are now claiming he will be playing the character in the seventh installment, directed by 'Star Trek' director JJ Abrams.

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Chewbacca with Han Solo in 'Star Wars'

While some fans were skeptical when Disney bought the rights to the franchise and announced they'd be making three brand new films, Peter has always supported Disney's decision to continue the saga.

He told TMZ back in 2012: "I have no doubt Disney will respect and continue the legacy of Lucasfilm.

"I have worked with Disney for many years during their Star Wars Weekends Celebration and seen how much they love the films and the fans."

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Peter Mayhew, who plays Chewbacca

And Chewbacca isn't the only character rumoured to be returning when the series continues, as Anthony Daniels, famous for playing robot C3PO - has previously expressed interest in featuring in the film, which is currently scheduled for a December 2015 release.

It was recently revealed that the crew and cast have already begun filming the new movie, and most of the casting has been completed.

Although it's yet to be confirmed who will be appearing on screen, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, Michael Fassbender and 'Girls' actor Adam Driver have all been rumoured to be starring in the new film.

Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher could also be making a 'Star Wars' comeback by reprising their iconic roles of Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia.

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