Chewbacca to return in Star Wars: Episode VII

Good news for wookiee fans this morning, with THR reporting that Chewbacca is set to appear in Star Wars: Episode VII .

THR reports that Peter Mayhew will reprise his role as Han Solo’s hirsute buddy and co-pilot, nearly forty years after he first donned the suit.

Presumably Chewie will be one of the “very familiar faces” promised by Disney CEO Bob Iger back in March, when he teased what we could expect from the film.

Hopefully the presence of both Mayhew and Harrison Ford will mean at least a couple of scenes of Han and Chewie reunited, and perhaps even piloting a ship together once more.

Directed by J.J. Abrams and co-starring Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, Star Wars: Episode VII will open in the UK on 18 December 2015.