Wookiee Casting Call For New Star Wars Movie?
Advert requests 7ft-tall candidates for undisclosed role in Episode VII...
Speculation has been mounting that the eagerly awaited Star Wars Episode VII will feature a Wookiee character like Chewbacca from the original trilogy.
Casting website Spotlight has put out a call 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."
And fans have taken this to mean that Han Solo's hairy pal - or one of his fellow Wookiees - will be returning in the JJ Abrams' directed movie.
Abrams is listed as a producer on the advert for the role, along with Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy and an "early 2014" start date is specified.
Peter Mayhew played Chewbacca in the earlier movies - and was 7ft 3in tall.
Benedict Cumberbatch has been linked with a role as a baddie in the new movie.