Kyle Newman, director of the not great but well-meaning Fanboys, has signed on to direct a biopic of Peter Mayhew’s life. Specifically, the part of his life where the 7-foot 3-inch tall Mayhew played Chewbacca, which is probably a bit more interesting to people than him touring the U.S. nerd convention circuit in his ’60s. The synopsis is as follows:
The script, by Evan Susser and Van Robichaux, is set against the backdrop of the making of 1977’s Star Wars and tracks Mayhew as he tries to balance a career as a hospital worker while chasing Hollywood dreams by playing a suited alien who would go on to become one of the most iconic screen sidekicks in modern times.
I’m not sure how much I care about Mayhew’s 1977 day job, but I imagine any fictionalized account of the making of Star Wars
will be interesting enough to get me to see it. Hell, I’m already dying to know who they’ll cast as Lucas, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. If the movie ends up covering the Holiday Special, they honestly might want to think about Lindsey Lohan — I doubt there’s anyone else in the more more experienced in playing a young actress so coked-out-of-her-mind she actually sways back-and-forth on-screen. (Via the Hollywood Reporter