Jimmy Vee Set To Portray R2-D2 In Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Vee’s experience in the world of popular science fiction and fantasy properties is far from limited to the previously-mentioned BBC series. Indeed, he has also had roles in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as well as Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In fact, he actually got his start in the role as the diminutive android in the latter, learning the ropes on how to play the robot from Kenny Baker (who was fully credited for the role) himself.
With the unfortunate passing of Baker, however, Vee is slated to play the role completely in the follow-up, which is set for release this December approximately two years after the release of The Force Awakens.
Per Superherohype, the source of this story:
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Johnson (Brick, Looper) and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcoming back cast members Mark Hamill, the late Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.
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