We are … Wookiees? Penn State now has a connection to the most famous furry character from a galaxy far, far away.
Joonas Suotamo, a former Penn State basketball player, is taking over the role as Chewbacca in the Star Wars franchise. Peter Mayhew, the original Chewie, had to leave the role because of health problems.
The official announcement came Tuesday when Suotamo was listed as the lone actor who would play Chewbacca in the upcoming Han Solo movie. Suotamo, a 6-foot-10 Finland native, studied film at Penn State and was a body double as Chewbacca in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and the yet-to-be-released “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
Suotamo will be the full-time Chewbacca moving forward, and he wrote a message to fans on Twitter.
— Joonas Suotamo (@JoonasSuotamo) February 21, 2017
Suotamo played sparingly as a forward for the Nittany Lions from 2005-08. He appeared in 34 games and scored 22 points in a three-season career.
He’ll be starring alongside Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Donald Glover in the untitled Han Solo movie that is set to be released May 25, 2018.