Another day, another Star Wars: Episode VII casting rumor. This time, the buzz centers around a new casting call in the UK from Disney, Bad Robot and Lucasfilm:
"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."
Though it's not confirmed, Den of Geek says the posting comes from a "solid source" close to the project. But what could this be for? Well, fans will note that 7'3" is almost the exact height of the original Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew. The performer also bares many of the traits mentioned in the casting call. Of course, some might think Mayhew would reprise the role of Chewie himself -- after all, he got back in the suit for Episode III. But even that was almost 10 years ago, and Mayhew has more recently suffered from health problems hindering his ability to walk.
So, it stands to reason that director J.J. Abrams might be looking for a new Wookiee to replace Mayhew -- because what's Han Solo without his first mate?
That said, it's important to keep in mind that this is still just speculation (as always). The casting call could also be for another Wookiee or a different creature altogether. (Here's hoping it's not an uber-tall Gungan.)
Source : ign[dot]com