In Episode IX Chewbacca Gets the Recognition He Has Been Waiting for Forty Years


Finally Star Wars: The rise of Skywalker is finally in theaters and from the first day the critics are divided on the end of the sequel trilogy. Who will not be able to complain is Chewbacca, played by Joonas Suotamo, who is recognized an important merit that he has been waiting for since 1977 with Star Wars: A New Hope.

Below you may find some spoilers, we advise you to read carefully.

After defeating the First Order, Chewbacca reunites with the Resistance and Maz Kanata notes the important legacy of Leila to the adventure companion: a medal identical to that of Luke and Han received at the end of Episode III following the destruction of the Death Star.

At the end of the film, during the celebrations, the two heroes are awarded the important recognition, while Chewbacca remains on the sidelines, a simple guest of the ceremony despite having played a key role in the defeat of the Empire.

In a previous interview, Peter Mayhew, historical interpreter of the Wookiee, had explained the possible reasons for this choice:

” I think there are two reasons: the first is that there was not enough money to produce a third medal. The second is that Carrie was not tall enough to reach my neck and probably a small rise was too expensive.”

At the basis of the choice of direction, there would, therefore, be an economic problem: if for The Rise of Skywalker the overall budget is between 250 and 300 million, for Una Nuova Speranza it was only 11.

Switch from the interview to C-3PO and Chewbacca for more details on the characters, while here you will find all the cameos of Episode IX not to be missed.