Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Chewbacca Visits A School In County Kerry, Ireland

By: Benjamin Hart

Over the past few weeks we've been getting numerous reports about the production of Star Wars: Episode VIII that is currently happening in Ireland. Filming has recently been taking place along the coastline of the country at such locations as Malin Head and Ceann Sibéal. In doing so, members of the cast and crew have been spotted in various locations. Carrie Fisher is said to be in the area, and other members of the cast, including Mark Hamill, we're seen at an airport recently.

But so far the most notable cast member appearance happened at a school in County Kerry just a few days ago. The BBC reports that none other than the mighty Chewbacca himself made a surprise appearance to schoolchildren at the Scoil Fheirtearaigh National School in Ballyferriter this past Monday. According to Movie Bit and at tweet they found, it appears the actor in the suit is none other than Joonas Suotamo.

Suotamo portrayed Chewie alongside Peter Mayhew in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and doubled for the legendary actor in the more strenuous action scenes that Mayhew could not perform.

The principal of the school, Mairín Ní Chartúir, spoke briefly about how the Wookiee's visit came to be:

"We received a call from the production team asking could they pay a surprise visit to the kids on Monday. Of course, we said yes and were told to not let anyone know about the visit and the parents were told on Monday that the kids would be staying an hour later for the surprise. Chewbacca walked in with the production team and took photos with the children and watched them perform the Star Wars theme tune that the kids had learned, as we are quite a musical school."

You can watch video from the event below:

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Sources: BBC, The Movie Bit
Via: Making Star Wars

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