First "cast member" confirmed

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First "cast member" confirmed

Post by Wildstar » Thu Nov 21, 2013 2:59 pm

It was posted on the official Star Wars blog that everyone's favorite astromech, R2-D2, will be in Episode VII. There's a twist, though: Instead of having the usual Kenny Baker "in the can", Englishmen Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples, members of the worldwide R2-D2 Builders Club, will build and manipulate the droid through its scenes. Their "audition" came at this past summer's Celebration Europe in Germany, when they were visited by LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy.

This will not be the first time fandom got to be a part of a Star Wars movie, of course: The 501st Legion of Stormtroopers costuming club got a nod when their name was given to the detachment of clone troopers Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader led into the Jedi Temple as part of Order 66 in "Revenge of the Sith".
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Post by viper2843 » Sun Nov 24, 2013 2:36 pm

It's always a nice touch to include fans in the production. Good luck To lee and Oliver in their very important task! :r2d2:
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Re: First "cast member" confirmed

Post by Jedi Jin Su » Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:46 pm

Hopefully the transition will go smoothly. I know we would all love for Kenny Baker to do it forever but that will not be possible. Good luck to them in their new adventure. :amidala: :r2d2:
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Post by Jedi Power » Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:36 pm

There has never been a doubt in my mind about the droids. You can count on :threepio: being there as well.
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