There have been plenty of rumors concerning the casting of Star Wars: Episode VII, so it's nice to have something that is actually confirmed for once: Apparently Peter Mayhew, who portrayed the classic character Chewbacca in the original films, is set to reprise his legendary role in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII movie.

As mentioned by The Hollywood Reporter fans have speculated that Mayhew would return because he bowed out of a  Comicpalooza appearance "due to filming"—crypic, eh? This pretty much confirms it: The convention takes place May 23-26, and Star Wars has already begun filming. Chewbacca is back, everyone!

Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters December 18, 2015. 

[via The Hollywood Reporter]