Joonas Suotamo, born in 1986 in Espoo, Finland, is an actor and basketball player, who is is best known for his role as Chewbacca in the Star Wars saga, taking over the role from Peter Mayhew, first as a body double, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and later as the lead in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story. He will return in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. In basketball, Joonas has played seven seasons in Finland's basketball leagues, including four seasons in the top tier Korisliiga.
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At the launch of Star Wars Triple Force Friday, HeyUGuys filmed Naomi Ackie who plays Jannah in "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" as she does her best impression of Chewbacca alongside the man who plays him, Joonas Suotamo.
Joonas Suotamo attended his first Star Wars Celebration this year in Chicago, where he opened up to “Extra” about “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” Joonas, who plays Chewbacca, called the movie “one for the ages.” Watch!