With the passing of actor Kenny Baker in 2016 the world lost the man who helped make R2-D2 the lovable character he is. The renowned actor played the droid since he debut on screen in 1977 in the original #StarWars and continued to slip into the suit for nearly 40 years, playing #R2D2 for the final time in The Force Awakens.
Now, Jimmy Vee, who's appeared in the Harry Potter and Doctor Who franchises, will step into the role of the fan-favorite character; playing R2 in Baker's honor in the upcoming #StarWarsTheLastJedi.
The news was announced via an official statement from Vee, which reads as follows:
"It's been an absolute pleasure to have worked alongside the legendary Kenny Baker. Kenny was a fantastic actor and taught me all the 'tricks' on how he brought R2-D2 to life which I will continue to portray in his honour. I'm so excited to be a part of the Star Wars universe and can't wait for everyone to see what we've been working so hard on for the last year."
This isn't Vee's first rodeo with the droid. He had an uncredited role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, working as an assistant for Baker.
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It looks like R2's legacy is in good hands. We're more excited than ever for Episode VIII!
What do you think of the news? Are you looking forward to seeing how Jimmy Vee brings our favorite droid's personality to life on the big screen?