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Tributes have been pouring in from fans and celebrities alike after actor Peter Mayhew passed away aged 74.

The star is best known for his role as Chewbacca in the Star Wars film franchise, with Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and George Lucas all releasing emotional statements.

The actor's Twitter page posted a message confirming the heartbreaking news yesterday afternoon:

It reads: “The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away. He left us the evening of April 30, 2019 with his family by his side in his North Texas home.”

Mayhew was over seven feet tall, making him perfect for the role of the charming Wookiee in the original George Lucas film in 1997. 

He reprised the role in The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Revenge of the Sith and The Force Awakens, before passing the mantle on to Joonas Suotamo, who played Chewie in Solo: A Star Wars Story, The Last Jedi and the forthcoming The Rise of Skywalker.


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Harrison Ford gave a moving statement to Variety, calling the actor "a kind and gentle man, possessed of great dignity and noble character".

“These aspects of his own personality, plus his wit and grace, he brought to Chewbacca," he said. "We were partners in film and friends in life for over 30 years and I loved him. He invested his soul in the character and brought great pleasure to the Star Wars audience.

“Chewbacca was an important part of the success of the films we made together. He knew how important the fans of the franchise were to it’s continued success and he was devoted to them," he continued.


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Star Wars creator and founder of Lucasfilm Goerge Lucas also commented on the loss;

"Peter was a wonderful man. He was the closest any human being could be to a Wookiee: big heart, gentle nature … and I learned to always let him win. He was a good friend and I’m saddened by his passing.”

Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, also paid his respects, calling Mayhew a "big man with an even bigger heart who never failed to make me smile."

Mayhew leaves behind the legacy of the Peter Mayhew Foundation, which provides aid for families in crisis.

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Would you be down with Harry Styles taking on the role of a young Han Solo? Because we totally would.

Reports today are suggesting that Harry was considered for the role of Han, but it was ultimately given to Alden Ehrenreich.

However, Disney execs are not ruling out the former 1D star for future Star Wars characters.

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An insider told The Sun: "Harry was one of the early names in contention when the studio looked at Han Solo.

"Even though he had virtually no acting experience, they saw he had huge star potential and would give the solo project enormous publicity.

"On initial inquiries Harry had his music career laid out and it would have been almost impossible to lock him down for the job."

However, there has been talks at Disney about having him come in again for other projects they are considering.

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"The rumoured Obi Wan stand-alone movie may not star Harry in the lead role but could see him play a smaller part," the source added.

"Everyone had nothing but praise for him in Dunkirk, and he and manager Jeff Azoff are carefully picking out what movie role he should take next."

Harry is set to make his movie debut with the release of Dunkirk on July 21, and we can't wait to see what he has to offer.

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As we bask in the glory of having multiple Irish Oscar nominees this year, established Dublin talent Jack Reynor has just revealed he is in the running for a potentially career-defining role. 

The 24-year-old is up for the much coveted part of a young Han Solo in an upcoming Star Wars spin-off film. 

The as yet unnamed flick, which is currently set for release in 2018, will follow a young Han Solo as he becomes the notorious smuggler we know and love today. 

The Irish native, who has starred in Transformers as well as Lenny Abrahamson's critically acclaimed What Richard Did, could hardly contain his excitement as he spoke about the film at the Sundance Film Festival this week. 

"Look, man, that would be kind of an incredible gig to get, wouldn’t it? Totally insane."

Though Jack is very realistic in terms of knowing that taking on such an iconic role will most definitely be a challenge.

"You’ve got to fill some pretty seriously big boots there, man. We’re talking Harrison Ford here, dude.

"He’s not a chump, you know what I mean? You can’t do an imitation, you can’t try and just emulate what that is. It’s got to be something new, and it’s also got to be something that the audience is going to respond to."

It seems like the Dublin man has his heart set on the role but he is facing serious competition from some of Hollywood's brightest up-and-coming stars. 

Also up for the role is Miles Teller, Dave Franco, Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen and Ansel Elgort. 

We're rooting for you, Jack!