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It's a good time to be a Star Wars fan. After suffering through the less than stellar prequels and the dead years that followed, Disney has taken the mantle and brought the galaxy far, far away much closer. We can now expect a new Star Wars movie ever year, with the franchise alternating between main installments of the Skywalker story and one shot spinoffs. The first spinoff, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will hit theaters in just a month's time, which will then lead the way for the untitled Han Solo movie to continue its development. Joining Alden Ehrenreich's Han are his buddies Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), and now we know what to expect from the big furry guy.
That's right, we're getting a young and spry Chewbacca in the Han Solo movie. You know you've alway wondered what baby Wookies look like- and this might be your chance to find out.
That's not to say that we won't see a totally different Chewbacca in the Han Solo movie. It's likely that the upcoming spinoff will be an origin story of sorts. Rather than seeing a younger Han and Chewie causing all sorts of mischief, we will probably see how the two became friends in the first place. In the original novels, Han Solo saved Chewie from certain death and torture, which is why the Wookie follows the nerf herder around the galaxy; he owes him a debt of gratitude and intends to pay. That isn't to say that Han and Chewbacca won't be butting heads throughout the movie. The duo has always bickered, and I imagine it was even worse in the very beginning of their relationship.
It has not yet been revealed if Peter Mayhew would reprise the role of Chewbacca in the Han Solo movie. He filmed his role in The Force Awakens _and _Star Wars: Episode VIII, so it's possible that the schedule of doing these movies back to back would be too much for the 72 year old. But it's just not Chewie without Mayhew, so we'll keep our furry fingers crossed.
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will fly into theaters on December 16th.