5 Things You Need To Know About The Real Star Of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” – Joonas Suotamo, The New Chewbacca


Solo: A Star Wars Story is supposed to be all about Han Solo but to be honest, my favorite part of the entire movie was Chewbacca. Every moment he has onscreen is either hilarious, thrilling or especially moving since the entire performance is completely based on movement and wookiee roars. It was only after the movie was done that I remembered that Chewie is no longer played by Peter Mayhew, who originated the role, but is now played by Joonas Suotamo.

Then I realized that I knew nothing else about him. Time to put an end to that nonsense! Here are five things that you should know about Joonas Suotamo.

1) Joonas played basketball for Penn State University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Film in only 3 1/2 years.

2) Joonas is from Finland. He has served in the Finnish army and when he got the call to read for Chewbecca, he was playing for the Finnish basketball association.

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