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Mayhew: I want Chewbacca comeback

Star Wars star Peter Mayhew has revealed he would like to reprise his Chewbacca role in the upcoming Episode VII.

The 69-year-old actor, who portrayed the Wookiee in the previous four films, admitted he is keen to return for the next instalment, which will be directed by JJ Abrams.

The film's director W Ryan Ziegler gave film website Bleeding Cool a message from Peter, saying: "I intend to pursue the role of Chewbacca for Episode VII."

The actor's comment comes as Star Wars bosses launched a casting call in the UK for a very tall actor, sparking speculation that they were looking for a new Wookiee.

The call for an "untitled studio feature" asked for a "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."

Peter, who has been documenting his health problems for a film Standing In The Stars: The Peter Mayhew Story, has been unable to stand up straight or walk without help, due to complications from gigantism.

He has undergone surgery on his knees and legs, and is heading into a month's worth of "intense rehabilitation and recovery".

Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill are expected to return in Episode VII. Other names that have been linked to the movie include Benedict Cumberbatch, Alex Pettyfer, Michael B Jordan and Saoirse Ronan.

Official casting announcements are expected around October, before production starts in January 2014. The film is scheduled to be released in 2015.

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