People: May 5, 2003

WOOKIEE WHO'S BACK

America needs its hairy heroes (maybe not Robin Williams), and George Lucas is obliging. It has been 20 years since CHEWBACCA appeared in a new Star Wars movie, but Han Solo's faithful, fur-covered sidekick will return for a small part in Episode III, which starts production this summer in Australia. Peter Mayhew, the 7-ft. 3-in. English actor who donned the Wookiee suit for the first three Star Wars films--and has been signing autographs at conventions ever since--will again play the brawny warrior from the planet Kashyyyk. Lucas has said that Episode III, due for release in 2005, will...

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