Chewbacca actor promises 'big announcement'

By Devan Coggan
Updated February 18, 2016 at 05:50 PM EST
Credit: Lucasfilm

A long time ago (in a galaxy not so far away), the original Star Wars was once titled The Adventures of Luke Starkiller as taken from the ‘Journey of the Whills.’

Chewbacca himself (a.k.a. Peter Mayhew) announced on Twitter that over the next few days, he’ll be sharing pages from his original Star Wars script, dated March 15, 1976. To kick things off, he tweeted the script cover (including that lengthy title) and a few pages, promising a lead up to “a big announcement.”

Mayhew’s script is mostly similar to the version that eventually made it to theaters, with a few notable exceptions. R2-D2, for one, is described as a “short claw-armed tripod” whose “face is a mass of computer lights, surrounding a radar eye,” and our farm boy hero, “Luke Starkiller,” is introduced much earlier in the story.

Star Wars: Episode VIII recently started filming, and Laura Dern, Benicio Del Toro, and Kelly Marie Tran have all signed on for the eighth installment. Disney also confirmed that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis are all set for Episode VIII. Mayhew’s name was notably absent from the list of returning cast members.

Episode VIII hits theaters on Dec. 15, 2017.