I think everyone saw him as playing the Sam role because he said those famous words "The Cullens don't come here" and Sam is the one who says them in the book, but yeah...it was never directly said he was Sam and so it'll be pretty easy to have Chaske take over the role without any trouble I think
I just feel bad that Solomon got replaced because he seemed so excited and really wanted to be included in NM (from interviews of his I read.) I think he did a good job in Twilight even if it was short & sweet (that's how it is in the book.)
But after looking at some pictures of Chaske I think he does look more like the Sam we get to know in NM. (And he would need short hair, he'd be really shaggy wolf with long hair!) So I will just wait & see how he does in NM and will reserve judgement until Nov 20th.
"She doesn't know what she wants" - Jacob Black "Yeah she does!" - Rob Pattinson
I'm very sad about this. I really liked Solomon and Sam! And I was all for Team PSU (Woot, Vikings!) However, I have never actually seen this Chaske person, so I'll have to look him up before deciding if he would fit better as Sam.