We've got the first photo of actor Peter Mayhew back in the Chewbacca suit that made the character both a sci-fi and pop culture icon!
During a costume test as J.J. Abrams gets ready to start production on his film after the announcement of the Star Wars: Episode VII cast, Disney CEO Bob Iger took an Instagram photo for the Star Wars page and this furry fellow popped his head in.
It was Mayhew who was even in the news recently for the franchise that made him famous for reasons other than the new film. Mayhew provided us with those hilarious Star Wars behind-the-scenes photos that have never been released!
We are too pleased that's he back, of course, as well as Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill.
Click through and check out our Star Wars: Episode VII behind-the-scenes gallery and keep checking back as this thing will certainly grow ever bigger!
Walt Disney released this photo that introduced the world to the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII doing a read-through of the script. Note that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are all there!
Some had a problem with Abrams' casting in that there was a lack of female roles beyond Carrie Fisher and newcomer Daisy Ridley. Do not forget that this is just the main cast. This story is not going to solely be focused on Leia, Han, Luke AND Ridley's character. There is an opportunity to have a much vaster cast as this thing fills out. With heroes such as Ripley, Sarah Connor and others serving as strong female sci-fi idols since the original trilogy arrived, there HAS to be more Force-inhabiting female characters coming.
Let Ford do his hero thing for 80 minutes. Then, simultaneously give fans and the legacy of Han Solo a righteous salute and knock him off at the end of Star Wars: Episode VII. That catapults his children (of which we believe Ridley is one) to seek Jedi (with Leia as mom and Luke as uncle, tell me The Force is not strong with them) justice in Episode VIII and Episode IX.
Adam Driver has a lot of people wondering how deeply he could channel evil as the villain of Episode VII. He's no Darth Vader. Audiences will know that going in. But that said, he has generated such hate from viewers of Girls that expanding that exponentially in Abrams' film will not be a problem. At. All.
Composer John Williams achieved music score icon status with his Star Wars score -- whether the theme song or the Darth Vader theme, it doesn't matter. You know each song by its first notes. And Williams achieved that with the operatic theme of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. We believe he can do it again, inspired by a new generation of Star Wars warriors.
Abrams gave us some impressive sci-fi landscapes in Star Trek and his other films, such as Super 8. While watching Star Wars: Episode VII, we want to have our jaws drop. With the technology available today and expectations never higher for a film in recent memory, this flick needs to be a feast for the ears, eyes and heart.
Our favorite Star Wars film is The Empire Strikes Back: Lawrence Kasdan penned that classic and to hear that he is co-writing Star Wars: Episode VII with Abrams is one of the best moves this new trilogy has made. The way he writes characters that move a story along with heart-racing action sequences... let's just say our hopes are high.
Clearly certain things will be in the new trilogy including our weapon of choice: light sabers. But, we also expect to see the Millennium Falcon, blasters, AT-ATs, land speeders and more fan favorites.