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Peter Mayhew back as Chewbacca in 'Star Wars,' sources say

Anonymous sources feed the rumor that Peter Mayhew is once again donning the fur suit to play Chewbacca for the new "Star Wars" movie.

Chewbacca and Princess Leia
Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca with Princess Leia. Lucasfilm

Hints about the new "Star Wars" movie have been coming fast and furious. Recently, Alan Horn, the chairman of Disney Studios, dropped the news that filming is already under way for the project. Now there's some good news about Peter Mayhew, an actor in the original trilogy.

According to a story in The Hollywood Reporter, sources close to the project say Mayhew is reprising his role as Chewbacca, the furry Wookiee known for his flowing brown locks, pointy teeth, and friendship with Han Solo.

This bit of information comes hot on the heels of Mayhew canceling an appearance at a convention scheduled for late May. Fans had already been wondering if the cancellation meant he has been tapped to work on the new film. He last put on the Wookiee suit for the 2005 film "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith."

Mayhew has had an eventful past few years. He underwent double knee replacement surgery and was briefly detained by the TSA for having a lightsaber cane. He has also fed fan fervor by tweeting rare production photos from the original films.

Mayhew returning as Chewbacca is just one of a host of rumors swirling around casting for what's become known as "Star Wars: Episode VII." We don't have any firm details on the cast, like whether or not original actors like Harrison Ford, Mark Hammill, and Carrie Fisher will appear. With filming in progress, it will likely be harder to keep these secrets under wraps. Here's hoping we will get an official announcement in the near future and can dispense with the "sources say."