Peter Mayhew will return to play Chewbacca in "Star Wars: Episode VII," according to HollywoodReporter.com.

Sources confirmed Mayhew's return, though speculation began when the British actor canceled an appearance at the Comicpalooza convention in Texas "due to filming."

Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn recently confirmed that filming has started and that most of the cast had been chosen.

Well, I guess that ends all speculation over Harrison Ford coming back. Because you can't have Chewbacca without Han Solo. And you can't have Han Solo with Harrison Ford.

Disney and Lucasfilm have remained quiet over who exactly will appear in the much-anticipated film, which is being directed by J.J. Abrams and is set 30 years after "Return of the Jedi." It's been widely speculated that Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will reprise their roles as Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. The only character the studio has confirmed is returning is R2-D2.

"Star Wars: Episode VII" is scheduled to hit theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.

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