It's official: Star Wars has found its new R2-D2. Jimmy Vee will play the little droid for the franchise's upcoming Episode VIII: The Last Jedi movie, Variety reports. The Scottish actor will replace the late and iconic Kenny Baker, who played R2-D2 in the three original Star Wars films as well as the prequels.
Vee shared in a statement:
“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 honor. 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.”
Baker passed away at age 81 in August following a long battle with lung illness. His co-star Peter Mayhew (the man behind the equally iconic Chewbacca), wrote a beautiful tribute to his friend:
"Kenny and I became fast friends the first time we met and formed a lifelong bond after realizing that we had so much in common. Although people liked to contrast the difference in our heights, we found we shared many of the same struggles, from finding clothes, driving cars, and fitting in airplane seats to health issues and the ever constant stares of strangers; we understood each other on a level that few others can."
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