Despite the believability of the Star Wars films, it turns out that Chewbacca is not a real creature, and he's actually played by a human in a costume. For years, Peter Mayhew laid sole claim to the role of Chewie.
Another picture from the archive... pic.twitter.com/O6PBxwR7rU— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) December 21, 2015
But for the latest film, the 71-year-old actor, who stands tall at 7'3", had help from a Finnish guy named Joonas Suotamo. As luck would have it, Suotama is really tall, and really good-looking.