Is another classic Star Wars star suiting up one more time for Episode 7?

We've talked a lot about the return of Luke, Leia and Han, but what about the other supporting stars from the original Star Wars trilogy?

When it comes to the plot of J.J. Abrams' Star Wars Episode VII, we have very little to go on, but it's seemed rather likely since the film was announced that we'll see older versions of the classic trilogy characters returning for more adventures. The announcement from Disney CEO Bob Iger that the film will take place 30 years after Return of the Jedi seems to confirm this, and though it's not exactly official yet, we've all suspected for a while that Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford (though Ford is admittedly the biggest question mark among the three) will return to play Leia Organa Skywalker, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, respectively. 

But Han, Luke and Leia aren't the only pieces of the original Star Wars puzzle when it comes to Episode VII. We've already seen confirmation that R2-D2 is a part of Episode VII, but it's very likely that he's not the only supporting character coming back. What about Chewbacca? What about Star Wars icon Peter Mayhew, who played Han Solo's legendary co-pilot in four Star Wars films (episodes IV, V, VI and III)? Will he return?

Well, we can't be certain, but a recent tweet from a comic convention that Mayhew was scheduled to attend has given us what looks like a big clue. Last Friday, Houston's Comicpalooza convention tweeted the news that Mayhew, who was scheduled to appear at the con, would not be able to make it. The reason he won't be there, though, is what's really interesting.

Because Comicpalooza is scheduled for late May, and because Disney has confirmed that filming on Star Wars: Episode VII will begin in May at London's Pinewood Studios, it's easy to make the connection that Mayhew's "filming" will be on the next Star Wars film. Sure, Mayhew could be filming something else, but since he underwent a double knee replacement last fall, many have speculated that the procedure and subsequent recovery were at least in part geared toward getting in the right condition to return to the Star Wars movie universe in time for Episode VII's production. According to a report from Yahoo! Movies UK, Mayhew is in good shape these days, six months after his surgery, and ready to return to the Chewbacca suit.

It would be great to have Mayhew back in the fold for another Star Wars flick next December, but it's important to note that we're still focusing only on speculation at this point. What do you think? Will Mayhew indeed return?

(Via Yahoo! Movies UK)

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