Joonas Suotamo | Solo: A Star Wars Story
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Joonas Suotamo is a Finnish actor known for his role as Chewbacca in the Star Wars saga, taking over the role from Peter Mayhew starting with Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015).
Suotamo attended Pennsylvania State University (PSU) and played the power forward and center positions for the Penn State Nittany Lions basketball team. While at PSU, he studied film and video graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2008. Suotamo continued to play basketball in Finland's basketball leagues, as well as the Finnish National team and junior teams.
A few years before The Force Awakens, the original Chewie, Peter Mayhew, had gone through knee surgery. Due to having issues with his knees, Joonas Suatomo was brought in to take over some of the more physically challenging scenes. With Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017), Mayhew served as consultant and Suoamo wearing the Wookiee suit for all filming. Suotamo will next appear as Chewbacca in May 2018, in Solo: A Star Wars Story, alongside Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo.