1:49pm PT by Graeme McMillan
'Chewie' Recasts the Wookiee as a NYC-Based Stand-Up Comic (Video)
If, as Han Solo says at the end of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser, he and Chewbacca are home, where have they been all this time? A new video from Nerdist offers what might be the greatest potential explanation, giving the Wookiee pilot of the Millennium Falcon his own sitcom that might be a little familiar to fans of Louis C.K..
Beyond the obvious (and inspired) joke of replacing "Louie" and "Chewie" — that redone theme song is going to be in your head for days; you're welcome — there's another Easter Egg in the video for hardcore Star Wars fans: the names of the director of photography, editor and consulting producer are all Star Wars characters of varying degrees of fame. (Anakin Skywalker and The Clone Wars' Aayla Secura are almost gimmes, but Dash Rendar is a deep cut.)
That doesn't mean that all of the credits are jokes, however; Ruby Rinekso, credited as "costume & production design," is a real-life cosplayer whose characters include none other than Chewbacca, thereby identifying who's under the suit in this video. Similarly, Jack Herrguth, credited with the concept of the video, is Head of Development for Nerdist Industries.
If there's any justice in the world, the success of this clip will mean that we'll see Louis C.K. behind the controls of the Millennum Falcon before too long. Or, at the very least, performing stand-up at the Mos Eisley Cantina.