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The cast for the Han Solo movie has been confirmed as filming begins, and one of its new stars is paying homage to the legacy and impact his Star Wars character has made.

Fans learned after the theatrical release of The Force Awakens that Peter Mayhew didn’t bring Chewbacca back to life alone. Now that Mayhew is older, a Finnish actor named Joonas Suotamo helped portray Chewbacca during many of the film’s action scenes. While fans already knew about the casting of Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover as Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, the announcement from Lucasfilm revealed that Suotamo would be taking over Chewbacca completely for this movie.

After the news became public, Suotamo posted a touching note to Star Wars fans about what it meant for him to take up Chewbacca’s mantle. He particularly thanked Mayhew for the help and guidance he’s provided to help him prepare for the role.

“I aspire to make Peter proud and bring Star Wars fans the Chewie they know and love,” Suotamo wrote.

Considering many didn’t realize there were two Chewie’s in The Force Awakens, Suotamo will probably settle in as everyone’s favorite Wookiee just fine.

H/T io9

Michelle Jaworski

Michelle Jaworski

Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.