Brent Yarina, Senior Editor, December 19, 2015

Former Penn State basketball player Joonas Suotamo graduated with a degree in Film and Video, and one could say the ex-power forward, from 2005-08, is putting his degree to work.

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Suotamo is the double for Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opened Friday. Peter Mayhew, the original Chewbacca, is back to play the role, but at 71 and with knee problems, a double was needed for the action scenes.

Enter the 6-foot-10 Suotamo, who played professional basketball in his native Finland after graduating from Penn State.

Suotamo scored 22 points and grabbed 28 rebounds in 160 career minutes with the Nittany Lions.