The news was confirmed yesterday along with the Han Solo cast photo: Joonas Suotamo is fully taking over the role of Chewbacca after serving as a double for Peter Mayhew in The Force Awakens. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but Suotamo still took the time to write a heartfelt letter that shows his appreciation to fans while honoring Peter Mayhew:
— Joonas Suotamo (@JoonasSuotamo) February 21, 2017
Peter Mayhew hasn’t chimed in on the news thus far, but he’s not completely done with the role just yet. We still have The Last Jedi to look forward to.
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