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Chewbacca Actor Peter Mayhew is Tweeting Pages From 1976 ‘Star Wars’ Script

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Most longtime fans know the “Star Wars” that debuted in 1977 was vastly different from what George Lucas began writing some four years earlier, with the movie going through four drafts before the filmmaker arrived at a final script. Franchise veteran Peter Mayhew is providing a reminder of that evolution, as he’s begun tweeting pages each day from the script he received in 1976, leading up to “a big announcement.”

It’s interesting to note that as late as the revised fourth draft, dated March 14, 1976, “Star Wars” was still called “The Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Starkiller as taken from the ‘Journal of the Whills'” (suddenly, “The Phantom Menace” doesn’t sound so silly). The lengthy title refers to the plot device Lucas dreamed up early on to connect the events of “Star Wars” to the real world.

Mayhew didn’t say for how long he’ll be posting script pages, but you can follow him on Twitter to read along and find out what this “big announcement” is.

(via MovieWeb)


  • misterpl

    Something tells me he’s auctioning his script.

  • QueerJock2

    I’m guessing he’s getting ready to retire. He already walks with a cane and it’s probably a lot harder to be running around in that suit than it was in the 1970’s.

  • Larry Jackson

    I think he is going to be in ‘Rogue One.’

  • Ben Phillips

    He’ll name the kid that ‘assisted’ as Chewie in the Force Awakens as his successor and he’ll announce his retirement.

    Hopefully he’s well off enough to not have to auction off the script