The Hollywood Reporter seems to think so, along with many other fans who will not be meeting the beloved Peter Mayhew at Comicpalooza in Texas at the end of May. The actor cancelled his appearance at the convention “due to filming”. While this news combined with Disney CEO Bob Iger’s comment about “familiar faces returning” for the new project and the fact that Episode VII has already begun shooting seem to point at Chewie’s return, it should be emphasized that neither Disney nor Lucasfilm have confirmed anything.
As of this writing, Mayhew’s casting in Episode VII remains nothing but speculation and conjecture until Disney, Abrams, or Mayhew’s reps say otherwise.
About Reporter Michelle Lawhorn:
Michelle, a.k.a. Stormraven, is what can only be described as an eclectic nerd. Her interests and expertise range from Doctor Who to Lord of the Rings, cosplay to comics, and Bollywood to opera to name just a few. When not raving about her “fandoms”, she can be found working on projects as an Associate Editor at Haven Publishing and adding to her ever-growing list of Things to Cosplay. She can currently be found searching for more material to feed her newfound obsession with Star Wars.