Star Wars: Episode 8 is indeed going to be in production later this month as Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar) both had to cancel their appearances at a fan event.
Peter Mayhew and Tim Rose were both scheduled to appear at the Pensacon event in Pensacola, Florida on February 19th-21st. Sadly, both men had to pull out due to filming commitments for Star Wars: Episode 8.
The Pensacon Facebook page announced: “Unfortunately, we have some bad news to report this morning, but we prefer to let you know as soon as we know something is happening.
Both Peter Mayhew and Tim Rose have been called to report to London for a film project they are working on (It “8” our guests… Wonder what it could be?) and will not be able to attend Pensacon this year. Both send their regrets.
We are not sure if this will effect two of our other guests, but we will keep you posted.We are working to book some new guests on short notice, if we can. Thanks for your understanding”
Chewbacca was expected to star in Star Wars: Episode 8, while it’s nice to know that Admiral Ackbar will be back in the new film. Ackbar didn’t have much screentime in The Force Awakens, but maybe he can say everyone’s favorite catchphrase in the next one…