The Chewbacca we get in Han Solo: A Star Wars Story won't be drastically different from the Chewbacca we saw in A New Hope or The Force Awakens. Even before Han Solo met his wookie lifemate, the big walking carpet was already getting up there in age. While he'll be much younger than he was in the previous Star Wars sequel, he'll still be somewhere around 190 years old. Not too much older than when he helped Yoda out in the Clone Wars, as depicted in the 2005 prequel Revenge of the Sith, but the less we talk about that odd on-screen pairing, the better, right?
For the time being, all Han Solo movie details are being kept on lockdown, with the exception of its two leading men. Alden Ehrenreich was confirmed as the young Corellian smuggler after an extensive search by Disney and LucasFilm culminated in his casting earlier this year. Donald Glover, who appears to have been the only choice for a young Lando Calrissian, was just announced this past fall. And it's already being speculated that the pair's fateful Sabacc game, which put the Millennium Falcon in Solo's possession, will play a key factor in the plot.
Variety caught up with Alden Ehrenreich, who is forbidden to discuss the story aspects of his impending Solo adventure. He did open up about his thoughts on Donald Glover winning the role of Lando. And he was able to offer a few details about Chewbacca, one of the only things in the movie he can currently talk about. He says this.
"I'm allowed to say that I'm really excited about Donald Glover's casting. I think he's going to be great in the role because he's such a talented and interesting guy. And I can say that Chewbacca's in the film, although I know that's not a huge spoiler."
Many fans have forgotten, or simply wish to forget, that Chewbacca and Yoda were depicted as being besties in Revenge of the Sith. Less than twenty years have past between Sith and a New Hope, and the Han Solo movie takes place roughly ten years before the scoundrel and his co-pilot hooked up with Luke, Obi-Wan and their two droids on Mos Eisley. So Chewbacca shouldn't look much older than he does in Sith. Says Ehrenreich on this matter.
"He's as much younger as I am in the film. So, I think he's like 190, or something, years old. I don't think there's a huge growth spurt for him from 190 to 210, so he's probably about the same height."
Right now, it is unclear if Peter Mayhew, who has suffered knee problems over the past few years, will return to play Chewbacca in the Han Solo movie. While Mayhew did reprise his role for The Force Awakens, he did have an understudy. Joonas Suotamo, a 29-year-old basketball player from Finland, did all the heavy lifting in last December's sequel, and was always on set with Peter to learns the ends and outs of being the iconic Wookie. The assumption has long been that Suotamo will play Chewy in the spin-off, especially since he'll need to appear more youthful and spry. Han Solo: A Star Wars Story will be in theaters May 25, 2018. Shooting is expected to take place in January 2017.