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!?

Thank you - Ian Whyte cast in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as Chewbacca's double?!
Ian Whyte as Chewbacca?
Mayhew - Ian Whyte cast in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as Chewbacca's double?!
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
    Actor
  • 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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