star wars‘ Joonas Suotamo has been unveiled as the archvillain of willowwhich premiered on Disney+ this week.
Standing 6ft 11in tall, the Finnish actor has officially replaced the late Peter Mayhew under the Chewbacca costume of The Last Jedi to leave, after a double bodily role in the force awakens two years ago.
Now chatting with LucasFilm.comhe talked about his last role as The Scourge.
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What can only be described as a golem-esque monstrosity trapped inside a Jigsaw death device, “this sinister being” uses The Gales as his “lackeys” in the series, and “through magic black, they have become really abnormally strong fighters”.
Recalling how he was chosen, Suotamo said Solo: A Star Wars Story co-writer Jon Kasdan (who features willow) reached out about this “dumb and muscular” character.
“Jon messaged me and said, ‘I could have a part for you if you’re interested,’ and it ended up being a fantastic experience.”
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The Scourge turned out to be a completely different animal to the Galaxy Far, Far Away’s iconic Wookiee.
“Compared to Chewie, the costume was a lot more to put on. I had a team of people following me around with different gadgets and gloves and the cage,” Suotamo added.
Each morning before the start of the day’s filming, he would sit in a makeup chair for two to three hours, with a team of artists taping silicone on his face, while wearing a muscle suit.
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The harm is deeper than the visual aesthetic, however, as the star explained, “It was new territory for me. I had gotten used to playing these adorable moments, and all of a sudden, it wasn’t is no longer my job.
“There were plenty of times I was in the dark, rehearsing my violent outbursts in the costume.”
willow episodes one and two are available to watch now on Disney+ with new episodes every week on Wednesdays.