It was announced very early on the Chewbacca would be part of the Han Solo Star Wars Story that’s set for release in 2018. He was the second character that we knew would be there, right behind Han Solo himself. What was interesting, however, was that even as other major casting decisions were announced, we never heard anything about Peter Mayhew, the man who has played Chewbacca in every film up until now, joining the spinoff film. To that end, it wasn’t completely shocking when we heard somebody else was taking on the role. Peter Mayhew is 72 years old after all. With the entire new trilogy to make, plus a spinoff movie, Mayhew would have ended up spending half of the decade inside the costume and he simply doesn’t need to do that anymore. The man has earned a break.