Joonas Viljami Suotamo (born October 3, 1986 in Espoo, Finland) is a Finnish actor and former athlete.
Suotamo is best known for portraying Chewbacca in the Star Wars franchise. Initially sharing the role with original actor Peter Mayhew in The Force Awakens, primarily doing stunt work for the latter, Suotamo ultimately took over full time from The Last Jedi onwards. He's quite obviously noted for his height, inching close to a full seven feet tall.
Prior to starting his acting career, Suotomo was a professional basketball player, playing for the Penn State Nittany Lions and several teams back home in Finland.
- Star Wars as Chewbacca:
He provides tropes of:
- The Big Guy / One Head Taller: At close to seven feet, Joonas is very tall, and towers over his co-stars in the Star Wars films — except predecessor Peter Mayhew, who's even taller than him.
- Norse by Norsewest / Phenotype Stereotype: Joonas is pretty much the textbook image of a Nordic person: tall, blond, and pale.