Jimmy Vee Will Be The New R2-D2 For STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
For the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Episode VIII) there will be a new actor playing R2-D2; Jimmy Vee. Kenny Baker previously played the robot from 1977 through 2015, and was infirm during the filming last year before ultimately dying during filming.
Here’s hoping that Vee is ready for a lifetime of autograph signings and undying adulation from hordes of Star Wars fans. It will be interesting to see what changes R2 has undergone during Luke’s isolation. Perhaps R2-D2 will be upgraded. With all that time alone, it’s not crazy to think Luke might have given R2 hands, is it?
Vee seems very excited to show people the work he put in filming, and the world is probably just as excited to get a look. As with Kenny Baker, Vee is only required in scenes where R2-D2 is two-legged. The three-legged version of the droid is remote controlled. Notice, no one has said anything about hands.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will hit theaters on December 15, 2017.
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