May The Fourth Be With You: It's Star Wars Day!
May 4 isn't just the precursor to the Mexican-American holiday Cinco De Mayo. It's also a day of celebration for thousands of Star Wars fan from across the world, as it marks the theatrical release of the original epic space opera film, Star Wars. So if you were wondering why there was a parade of storm troopers patrolling the local streets on May 4, now you know.
Star Wars Day is a time when people of all ages and background come together to share their passion for the most successful film franchise of all time (Star Wars has earned over $2.5 billion in revenue). Fans young and old took to the streets donning full Star Wars costumes to celebrate the franchise.
To add even more excitement to Star Wars Day, Disney chairman Bob Iger spilled the beans on the upcoming film's new Chewbacca in an Instagram photo he published on the official Star Wars account. The photo, posted with the caption: “Chairman's new co-pilot #StarWarsDay” shows Iger taking a selfie with a hairy looking fella in the background who we're assuming is Chewbacca. It's unknown if Peter Mayhew was inside the Chewy costume when the selfie was taken.
I'll admit, I hate my doubts about the upcoming Star Wars trilogy (yes, there are three upcoming films) and whether or not it would honor the legendary films of the franchise that came before it, but it looks like the costume designers did an excellent job on creating Chewbacca.
The first film in the upcoming Star Wars trilogy, Episode VII, takes place three decades after the events of the 1983 Return of the Jedi. Some of the cast members revealed for the first installment of the trilogy include famous Star Wars' originals like Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Peter Mayhew (whom played as Chewbacca in previous titles), along with new cast members Adam Driver, John Boyega, Andy Serkis, Domhall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Daisy Ridley.
In February, screen director John Abrams announced that he had chosen a 6-month shooting schedule that would begin in May. While details remain sketchy this early in production, rumors suggest Episode VII will be filmed in some truly exotic locations, including Iceland, Morocco and Tunisia. So, when can you expect to see Star Wars Episode VII in theaters? While the release date could get pushed back due to a countless number of reasons, producers are currently aiming for December 15, 2015.