Chewbacca is coming to the Clone Wars UniverseIt’s been a long time coming, but the Wookiee co-pilot will make an appearance on the season finale of Cartoon Network’s Clone Wars series, and Peter Mayhew—the man behind the mask—was instrumental in bringing the walking carpet to life.

The reason it took so long for Chewie to make it to Clone Wars had nothing to do with resistance on anyone’s part. In fact, supervising director Dave Filoni has wanted to include history’s most famous Wookiee—who is over 200 years old by the time he helps destroy the first Death Star—in his sweeping drama for a while. But technology got in the way. See What he told Entertainment Weekly

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