That's When George Lucas Lent Chewbacca to Glee
First, George Lucas loaned Yoda to a Japanese instant noodle company in need of a marketing face (and wisdom applicable to ramen). And now, in an even bigger burn to U.S. Star Wars fans, the franchise creator has shipped Chewbacca to the set of Glee for a one-episode arc. What is this world coming to?
Before you starting writing George Lucas more tear-stained hate mail though, let's learn a little more about Chewbacca's big break on the Fox song and dance series. Maybe the Star Wars character will play a role so pivotal and life-changing for Glee's impressionable youth that fans will have no choice but to support the cameo. Maybe, after the New Directions endure another brutal act of bullying by their peers, Chewbacca appears in Schue's classroom to deliver an unintelligible, five-minute battle cry which Puck interprets as a profound statement about the power of acceptance. Afterward, Chewbacca leads the class in a stripped-down performance of "True Colors."
Okay, scratch that. Matthew Morrison explained on Jimmy Kimmel Live that the Fox series is using Chewbacca for a dream sequence during the show's upcoming holiday episode, "Extraordinary Merry Christmas" -- which will be a "Christmas special within the episode of Glee."
"We called up George Lucas and he gave us Chewbacca," Morrison, who directed the special Star Wars-tie in episode, explained. "There is only one guy who can officially be Chewbacca, and he lives in Northern California and they flew him in. We had Chewbacca for the day, and it was just great, and we were all taking pictures with him."
Sorry, Star Wars fans. George Lucas lent out Chewbacca for a run-of-the-mill dream sequence cameo. Television producers, let it be known that Lucas would probably be willing to loan out R2-D2 and C-3PO for sweeps week appearances.