Original Trilogy character Chewbacca is making his debut on Star Wars: The Clone Wars this April in the show’s season finale. The two-part finale caps the show’s third season, in episodes titled “Padawan Lost” and “Wookie Hunt.”
Bringing Chewbacca to the world of animation was a daunting task, since the character’s mannerisms and personality are so engrained in fans’ minds. So Lucasfilm brought in actor Peter Mayhew, who portrayed Chewbacca in four Star Wars films, to help add realism to their digital version. They also conducted extensive research through the Lucasfilm archives for reference materials. Mayhew even provides the character’s distinct dialogue for the show, though he never did so in the films.
Details about Chewbacca’s appearance are a closely-guarded secret, but rumor has it that the storyline ties into Chewie’s past as a slave owned by the Empire.