Joonas Suotamo grew up in Espoo, Finland and first became interested in acting through his performances in local plays during his youth. Later on, a basketball scholarship offered him the opportunity to go and study at the Pennsylvania State University in the United States. During his time at university, Joonas chose film studies over acting because of the perceived lack of roles for tall people.
Never one to give up on his dreams, his film studies and interest in acting paid off when he was cast in the highly anticipated blockbuster movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens to act as the double for the iconic character of Chewbacca. After the films massive success his hard work was awarded and he was cast as Chewbacca to play the role in both Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the Untitled Han Solo spin-off film and would once again bring to screen the Wookiee that we all love.