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Fur real, the Han Solo movie might star Chewbacca's wife - see the first shot here

It’s easy to forget that the Han Solo movie (opens in new tab) also includes everyone’s favourite fuzzball, Chewbacca. It looks like we might even be getting a look at Chewie’s private life, as a shot from director Ron Howard seems to show off the love of the Wookiee’s life. D’aww.

Ron Howard tweeted out an image showing new Chewbacca actor Joonas Suotamo checking out a scene from the movie. If we go all ‘computer, enhance!’ – as the fine folks at SWNN (opens in new tab) did – then it’s clear that Chewie is getting all cuddly with another Wookiee at the very far right of the frame.

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So, who is it? If you scan the pages of, ugh, Wookieepedia then you’ll soon come across a character by the name of Malla (opens in new tab) who, in the new Star Wars canon, is actually Chewbacca’s wife. I always had Chewie down as a family man so it’ll be a welcome break from the Wookiee being at Han’s side to have a brief moment of marital bliss…

…except (I might be putting two and two together and getting five billion here) but I really hope there’s a non-tragic reason why Malla isn’t mentioned at all in the Original Trilogy. We can’t have them killing off Chewie’s amour and Lando and Han having a big bromance break-off in the same movie. That’d be a killer.

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Bradley Russell
Bradley Russell

I'm the Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, focusing on news, features, and interviews with some of the biggest names in film and TV. On-site, you'll find me marveling at Marvel and providing analysis and room temperature takes on the newest films, Star Wars and, of course, anime. Outside of GR, I love getting lost in a good 100-hour JRPG, Warzone, and kicking back on the (virtual) field with Football Manager. My work has also been featured in OPM, FourFourTwo, and Game Revolution.