Solo: A Star Wars Story features the most prominent role yet for Chewbacca, Han Solo's best pal, and as a result the beloved Wookiee is everywhere in the film's marketing. Chewie's always been a fan-favorite character thanks to his iconic look and sound, but he's hit another level this year with the release of a film in which he's unquestionably one of the leads.
"Can you do the Chewbacca voice?" has always been a favorite question for interviewers chatting with Star Wars cast members, but Chewie's enhanced role in this particular film has meant that question is being used now more than ever. Some cast members are very good at the voice (Alden Ehrenreich, who plays Han, actually had to learn part of the Wookiee language Shyriiwook for his role.), others less so. Then there's Emilia Clarke, who's... well, just wait and listen.
Clarke, who plays Solo's old friend Qi'ra in the film, stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Monday night, and specifically noted the importance of Chewbacca in the film during her interview. That prompted to Fallon to attempt his own Chewie voice, which he admitted was not very good at all. Clarke seemed to sense what was coming next, but she was a good sport anyway as Fallon tried to get her to do her own version of Chewbacca voice. Check it out, and feel better about your own bad Wookiee impression:
Clarke also brought along a clip from the film, which you can check out at the end of the above video. In the clip, Qi'ra and Han have just reunited at the headquarters of Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany), where Qi'ra now works, but Han doesn't know that yet. As she asks him about old times and whether or not he ever got the ship he was so desperate for, Han tries to talk himself and his current plans up. It's a charming and funny scene that helps establish their rapport, but we won't spoil where it goes from there.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is in theaters Friday... with better Wookiee sounds.