Let the Wookiee Win! Chewie Gets His Own Movie
Peter Mayhew, the actor who plays Chewbacca (Chewie) in the Star Wars saga will be getting his own movie reports Hollywood Reporter. It's not a movie taking place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, but rather one taking place some 36 or so years ago around the making of the original Star Wars film (A New Hope) released in 1977.
It's focused on Mayhew's struggle to become the now beloved actor in the wookiee suit while working at King's College Hospital back in the late 70s. The project is being directed by Kyle Newman who had directed the film, Fanboys (which I have yet to see still).
'Fanboy' Director Working on Star Wars-Themed 'Chewie' - Hollywood Reporter: "The script, by Evan Susser and Van Robichaux, is set against the backdrop of the making of 1977’s Star Wars and tracks Mayhew as he tries to balance a career as a hospital worker while chasing Hollywood dreams by playing a suited alien who would go on to become one of the most iconic screen sidekicks in modern times.
Newman, who is well-known in the Star Wars universe for his love of the property and directed the Star Wars-themed comedy Fanboys, secured Mayhew’s life rights in order to further develop the script, which was written initially as a spec."
(Via Hollywood Reporter)