For forty years the legendary Peter Mayhew has been the man behind the mask of the mighty Chewbacca and breathed life into the character in the first seven live-action Star Wars films. Due to his age and physical limitations, Mayhew worked in tandem with another actor to portray Chewie in The Force Awakens. Now it appears the Peter is officially passing the torch, err, fur, to the next generation.
Joonas Suotamo, a Finnish Basketball player-turned-actor, was inside the Chewbacca costume during the more physical scenes in The Force Awakens. While it is assumed Suotamo will return for The Last Jedi later this year, it has been officially announced that he will be playing Chewbacca alongside Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, and others in the upcoming Han Solo standalone. Lucasfilm revealed the news earlier this week, and Joonas took to social media to react to the news and thank his all those who have supported him, including his fans and his Wookiee mentor Peter Mayhew:
The still untitled Han Solo films opens in theaters on May 25th, 2018.
Source: Joonas Suotamo
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