What’s Wookiee for “Attaboy”?
The widow of Peter Mayhew, the 7-foot-2 Brit who famously originated the role of Chewbacca in the original Star Wars trilogy, has extended a warm welcome to The Book of Boba Fett‘s Carey Jones, who in Episode 2 of the Disney+ series made his first appearance as the gladiator-turned-bounty hunter Wookiee named Krrsantan.
“Warmest Wookiee welcome to Carey Jones who is playing fierce Black Krrsantan in the Book of Boba Fett,” Angie Mayhew said in a message relayed by The Peter Mayhew Foundation’s socials. “You have some giant shoes to fill, welcome to the Wookiee family! Peter would have loved seeing a Wookiee truly unleashed!”
A Message from Angie Mayhew: “Warmest Wookiee welcome to Carey Jones who is playing fierce Black Krrsantan in the Book of Boba Fett. You have some giant shoes to fill, welcome to the Wookiee family! Peter would have loved seeing a Wookiee truly unleashed!” #WookieeWednesday pic.twitter.com/YREVjOa8iH
— Peter Mayhew Foundation (@TheWookieeRoars) January 26, 2022
The 6-foot-7 Jones’ previous acting credits include episodes of The Orville, Teen Wolf and Creepshow.
With a voice/growl created by Star Wars sound designer Ben Burtt, Peter Mayhew portrayed Han Solo’s loyal sidekick Chewie in all live-action franchise projects through 2015’s The Force Awakens, after which he retired.
Finnish basketball player-turned-actor Joonas Suotamo took over as Chewbacca in Solo: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars: The Last Jedi (with Mayhew serving as a consultant) and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Peter Mayhew passed away in April 2019 at age 74, nine months after undergoing spinal surgery to improve his mobility, and after years of declining health.