Chewbacca Is Back in a New Star Wars Promo Photo

Our favorite Wookie is armed and dangerous in a new photo for Star Wars: The Force Awakens posted by actor John Boyega. 

Star Wars newcomer John Boyega recently a photo of his character, stormtrooper Finn, fighting alongside one of the franchise’s most iconic returning players—the hirsute Wookie with a heart of gold, Chewbacca.

on Jul 13, 2015 at 11:21am PDT

In a promo photo for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Finn holds at the ready a refashioned blaster, famously used by Han Solo in the original trilogy, while Chewbacca draws his trademark bowcaster for combat. The release of the photo signals an exciting coupling of new Rebel Alliance zeal with old fan favorites.

The photo of Chewbacca, to be again played by original actor Peter Mayhew, trails months of dieheards being left in the dark regarding the whereabouts of the returning cast. Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Kenny Baker, and Anthony Daniels are also set to reprise their roles as Han Solo, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, R2-D2 and C-3PO though director J.J. Abrams remains coy about the details.

Abrams announced at Comic-Con that he had finished a cut of the film and is currently in the process of fine-tuning it. It is slated for a US theatrical release of December 18, 2015.