Talk to anyone about Star Wars, and one character will always crop up in conversation: R2-D2. So it is with much rejoicing that our favourite droid has been confirmed for Star Wars Episode VII.
Oh yes, people who were worried our diminutive friend would be left out for the first time in history (he practically opened the series), you can put your pitch forks down.
Not only is the character on board for the JJ Abrams film, Disney has hired the specialist British Star Wars droid builders, Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples to work on the project. The pair are members of the worldwide R2-D2 Builders Club that creates accurate and fully functioning astromech droids, so were a natural choice to bring to Pinewood studios.
The project which begins shooting in 2014, came about after Disney bought the rights to the franchise for $4.05bn. The new trilogy was announced not long after, along with a series of spin-off ‘origins’ movies, which will apparently focus on beloved characters like Yoda and Boba Fett.
One person we’re unsure will be returning though, is Kenny Baker. Having portrayed R2-D2 in all six previous Star Wars films, it would be a loss if the 79-year-old did not make his return for Episode VII. If he does reprise his role though, rumour has it other series veterans may appear in the latest crop of movies too. Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford have all been name dropped, but no official announcements have been made.
Are you glad that R2-D2 is making a comeback? What about C3PO?