Earlier today a casting call shook the internet that said that Lucasfilm was looking to cast someone in a role that very much appeared to be a Wookiee. Most people, myself included, believe this could be for Chewbacca as Peter Mayhew is currently recovering from extensive knee surgery.
Now it looks like Mayhew intends to go after the role. Bleeding Cool received a quote from him through the director of a documentary chronicling his surgery, in which he says:
I intend to pursue the role of Chewbacca for Episode VII.
I think I speak for all Star Wars fans who wish he recovers quickly and is able to join filming early next year.