As the theatrical debut for Solo: A Star Wars Story continues to draw closer and closer, the cast and crew have been quite busy making the promotional rounds. Entertainment Weekly recently spent some time chatting with Joonas Suotamo, our new Chewbacca who made his debut in the GFFA by starring as this iconic character alongside Peter Mayhew in The Force Awakens back in 2015 and then taking over the reins by himself this past December in The Last Jedi.
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For nearly 40 years there was only one Chewbacca. In 1977, Peter Mayhew went from being a 7’3″ London hospital orderly to portraying the imposing copilot of the Millennium Falcon.
Those furry shoes were inevitably hard to fill, even for Joonas Suotamo, 31, a former basketball player from Finland who shared Chewbacca duties with the 74-year-old Mayhew in The Force Awakens and inherited the role for good in The Last Jedi.
Now, in Solo: A Star Wars Story, Chewbacca shares the spotlight with Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) in the origin tale of their great friendship. Chewie sheds his Ewok and Porg sidekicks and flexes his muscles — both physically and in a dramatic sense — because this movie demands some extra bite in addition to his Wookiee bark. Suotamo spoke to EW about the giant responsibility of making Chewie a bona fide action hero while honoring the legend who created the character.