R2-D2 Coming Back for J.J. Abrams’ ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

R2-D2 Coming Back for J.J. Abrams' 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

The iconic droid has closed a deal to return for the sci-fi sequel, which Disney will release on Dec. 18, 2015

R2-D2 has closed a deal to appear in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII,” an individual familiar with Bad Robot's Twitter account has told TheWrap.

D2 had been holding out for the same star perks as returning cast members Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, but now that negotiations have concluded, director Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy have welcomed back the veteran Astromech droid with open arms.

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R2-D2 has been featured in every “Star Wars” movie since the original 1977 classic and won't even need a facelift to be camera-ready for the latest sequel, which Disney will release on Dec. 18, 2015.

Kenny Baker played R2-D2 in “Star Wars,” and the lovable character was “voiced” by Ben Burtt, the sound designer also responsible for the lightsaber hum, Darth Vader's heavy breathing — not to mention Pixar's Wall-E.

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R2-D2, who most recently appeared as debris in Abrams’ “Star Trek Into Darkness,” has been represented by the Robot Hall of Fame since 2003.

  • http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepr1xp/index.html unsean

    I could see the need for a man in a the tin can that is R2-D2 when the first Star Wars films were created, but now?

    It's essentially a big radio-controlled vehicle though the sounds it makes are another matter.

  • Dave D

    Oh come on. Not that old tin can. Can't they come up with anything new. Is this what they think is interesting. It just looks so old fashioned. I give up.

    • Harry

      Or, arguably an integral part of star wars haha.. Plus he's/it's still only a pretty minor secondary character. Calm yo tits sir

    • chesterroberts

      It would not be star wars without R2-D2… Lucas has said from the beginning that the only two characters in every episode would be the droids…

  • G. Jardoness

    At the end of the day, the list of things JJ Abrams and his coterie of spoon-fed, comic-book bred, empty-headed bunch of overrated hacks ‘DON'T’ ‘borrow’ will take up a whole-lot-less ink.

  • John Storm

    I hope Kenny has a cameo

  • Robbie Moraes

    The below messages were written by TROLLS who have horse dropings for brains.

  • Andrew T. Armstrong

    Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future.

  • elson

    So the good robot is now working for Bad Robot.