With the theatrical arrival of Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story coming up fast, Lucasfilm’s dandy Dan Brooks recently spent some time chatting with Joonas Suotamo, our new Chewbacca since his debut as the mighty Wookiee in 2015’s The Force Awakens. Suotamo is carrying on the torch of playing Chewie after Peter Mayhew donned the suit for the very first time back in 1977’s original Star Wars film. Check out the intro to the article below and then take the supplied source link for the full interview.
Stepping into the role of Chewbacca, Joonas Suotamo had — both literally and figuratively — some pretty big shoes to fill. (Not Chewie’s, of course — he doesn’t wear any.) We’re talking about those of Peter Mayhew, the 7-foot-2 actor who played the world’s favorite Wookiee since 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope. But beginning with 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in which he shared the role with and learned from Mayhew, before officially taking over the part for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Suotamo has captured all of what we love about Chewie: his warmth, his ferocity, his loyalty. His overall walking-carpetness. With Star Wars: The Last Jedi just released on Digital and Movies Anywhere and coming to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and On-Demand on March 27 — and with Solo: A Star Wars Story just around the corner — StarWars.com caught up with the 6-foot-11 Finland native for a brief Chewie chat. (For more with Suotamo, be sure to check out this week’s Star Wars Show, which you can watch below.)