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Star Wars Episode 7 Plot Rumors: Abrams to Shoot Scenes in IMAX? Original Chewy Wants to Return to Franchise

By Charlie Connell | Sep 28, 2013 11:04 AM EDT

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A Tusken Raider screams with delight over learning that some of "Star Wars: Episode VII" will be shot in IMAX. (Photo : Reuters)

"Star Wars: Episode VII" is still many years away but information about the much anticipated film keeps trickling out at a steady pace. There is still very little idea what the plot will revolve around other than the basic timeline will be 30 years after "Return of the Jedi," and Disney has managed to either hire no actors for the film or keep casting details secret.

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While those are the probably the things fans want to know about the most there is still an abundance of rumors and minor details that have come out. For example, it has been previously reported that director J.J. Abrams has chosen to shoot the movie on 35mm film, Kodak film stock 5219 to be exact. In addition, it appears that Abrams plans to use IMAX cameras for at least part of the film, according to Ain't It Cool News.

Richard Gelfond, the CEO of IMAX, recently was giving a presentation to investors at a Goldman Sachs conference when he mentioned Abrams.

"We are talking to J.J. Abrams, who's doing test now about the next 'Star Wars' being used with partly IMAX cameras," Gelfond said.

Abrams has used IMAX in the past, he incorporated the technology into "Star Trek Into Darkness" for a few scenes, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that he would want to shoot a few scenes with IMAX for "Star Wars."

It had been widely reported that there was a casting call looking for an extremely tall actor, almost all people assume this means a wookie, for the new "Star Wars." It turns out that if they are casting the part of Chewbacca that the original actor would still like to be considered for the role, according to the Guardian.

Peter Mayhew played the part in the original trilogy as well as in "Revenge of the Sith." Mayhew, who in his youth stood at 7ft 3in tall, has recently had to undergo two knee replacement surgeries which may make him unable to return as the iconic wookie, the Guardian reports.

"I intend to pursue the role of Chewbacca for 'Episode: VII'," Mayhew told

It is still not known if the wookie in question from the casting call is Chewbacca, or even if it is a wookie for that matter, but it's hard to imagine Han Solo making a return to the franchise without his trusty sidekick.

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Yahoo Movies has come across a casting call that seems to be hinting at the possibility of Chewbacca returning for the 2015 film. The crossbow wielding wookie was a fan favorite even if no one was able to understand what he was saying; his presence in a new film would be gladly welcomed.

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