Ron Howard tweets pic of Chewbacca on set

Another Twitter snap by new Hanthlogy director Ron Howard shows us Chewbacca – and a brief, fuzzy look at two Wookiees having a moment. Will we be seeing Chewie’s family on screen, for the first time since the Holiday Special? Or, given that Chewbacca himself is behind the camera, two new Wookiees entirely?

Chewbacca’s wife, Malla, and son, Lumpawaroo, both appeared in the Aftermath books, making them canon again. We’ve also seen, most notably in Rebels, that the concept of the Empire enslaving Wookiees for labor was also maintained. That was a major part of the Han and Chewbacca backstory in the noncanon Legends timeline (introduced in Brian Daley’s Han Solo novels), and could possibly be revisited in the film.

Video: ‘Chewbacca Mom’ is everywhere, including The Star Wars Show

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Now officially the ‘Chewbacca Mom,’ Candace Payne has appeared on Good Morning America, The Late Late Show with James Corden, got props from Mark Zuckerberg and now… The Star Wars Show.


Andi and Peter also reveal the key art from Celebration Europe, and they’re also asking for questions for Dennis Muren next week.

And it even starts off with a pair of very special guest appearances…

Video: Woman delighted by Chewbacca mask is the best thing you’ll see today

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Candice Payne bought a Wookiee mask, and her video is the funniest thing you’ll see all day, I hope. The mask is sold out on Kohls.com, but may still be available in stores, though given how viral this video has gone, there’s no guarantee…


UPDATE: Candice’s video now has more than 100 million views, and is the most popular Facebook Live post ever. She and her family also got a visit from Kohl’s.

Chewbacca will be part of the young Han Solo movie

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Disney CEO Bob Iger today referred to Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s 2018 standalone as “an origin story about Han and Chewie,” our first official word that the Wookiee will be part of the film. Is this what Peter Mayhew’s script bonanza on Twitter been leading up to?

In the old Legends universe, the two met while Han was serving in the Imperial military and Chewbacca was a slave. Han’s refusal to kill the Wookiee led to their eventual partnership and Chewbacca’s life debt – elements that may or may not be incorporated into the film. (I’d bet on not, but stranger things have happened.) In the current canon, there’s nothing on record about Chewbacca’s life between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. – or Han’s before ANH, though he was in consideration for ROTS.

So, the next question: Young Lando?