Joonas Suotamo is Officially the New Chewbacca

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 - 4:05PM
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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 - 4:05PM
Joonas Suotamo is Officially the New Chewbacca
For over 40 years, Chewbacca was portrayed by British actor Peter Mayhew. It was only revealed after the fact that in Force Awakens, Mayhew had a bit of help in continuing to bring Chewie to the galaxy. Considering that Mayhew is now getting on in age and needs to use a cane to get around, this was quite understandable. 

Now it would seem that the mantle, bowcaster, and Wookie fur have been entirely passed. Actor Joonas Suotamo has penned a heartfelt "thank you" letter to both the fans of Star Wars and Mr. Mayhew, accepting the new role of Chewie and explaining what an honor it is to carry on the legend:



Chewbacca, of course, will play an extremely vital role in the upcoming Han Solo movie set to come in May 2018. Mayhew, for his part, is still listed as playing Chewie in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi on the movie's IMDB page, though it sounds like Suotamo was already helping him for some of the big actions scenes.

Ruorraaaggggggggghhh, Joonas! (That's Wookiee for "congrats").
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