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Ian Whyte cast in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as Chewbacca’s double?!

A few days ago, a “thank you” video was released by the Star Wars: The Force Awakens production. In it, one man looks something like a Wookiee in terms of his get up. He appears to have all the signs of playing one. But does he play THE ONE. THE MIGHTY CHEWBACCA!?

Ian Whyte as Chewbacca?
Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca for Revenge of the Sith!


Today our friend Jonas writes in and says:

Hi! In the “Thank you” video an actor named Ian Whyte shows up at 2 seconds. I’m surprised no other sites have picked up on this. Seems likely he’ll be doing the more physical demanding Chewbacca work.

Ian Whyte is not someone I have heard of before so thankfully we have Jonas to point this point this out to me. They did use basketball players in Australia for Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and it makes sense they would do so again.

Google says:

  • Ian Whyte
  • Ian Whyte is a Welsh actor, stuntman and former professional basketball player. He lives in North Shields, Tyne and Wear.
  • Born: September 17, 1971 (age 43), Bangor, United Kingdom
  • Height: 7′ 1″ (2.16 m)


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