Chewie timeline revised, death cancelled

The Verge writes:

Even though the rumor mill surrounding Star Wars: Episode VII has been swirling with casting rumors in recent weeks, at least one actor has reportedly been confirmed to be returning to the classic series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Peter Mayhew is set to reprise his role as Chewbacca in the new film…

…Even though the plot is still a secret, Disney and LucasFilm did confirm that Episode VII’s narrative will take place 30 years after the end of 1983’s Return of the Jedi. When the movie hits theaters in 2015, fans can at least look forward to seeing what Chewie has been up to in all that time. And hopefully some amazing behind-the-scenes photos.

However, the current Star Wars timeline, based on the many books (all approved by Lucas Films) as well as the movies, lists Chewbacca dying 25 years after the events of the first (to be made) film, “A New Hope”.

So Chewie seems to have been given at least an extra 5-10 years of life.

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