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Old 02-16-2017, 09:09 AM   #1
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Default Jimmy Vee announced as R2-D2 in Star Wars

Jimmy Vee officially announced as R2-D2 in Star Wars

The role of R2-D2 will be played by Jimmy Vee, it has been confimed.

Vee actually already played R2-D2 in some of Star Wars: The Force Awakens without a credit, but he is now officially taking on the role in the film franchise.

Famously R2-D2 was originally portrayed by Kenny Baker, who was 3ft 8in (1.12m) tall. He died in 2016 at the age of 81, after a long illness.

Rumours were circulating back in 2015 that Vee would get the part.

But finally it has all been officially announced and Vee says he is "so excited".

Kenny taught Jimmy 'all the tricks'
It was "an absolute pleasure to have worked alongside the legendary Kenny Baker," said Jimmy.

"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."

R2-D2 has been around since the first film

Baker had been the only actor to portray the droid in all the Star Wars since the first in 1977.

He was also credited for the role in the 2015 release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but Vee was also involved.

The droid's name stands for Second Generation Robotic Droid Series-2 - just in case you didn't already know that.

You may recognise him from Harry Potter - Vee played a goblin in the first Harry Potter film in 2001 and has been in many episodes of Doctor Who as various aliens.

But more recently he appeared as Lofty in Pan, alongside Hugh Jackman and Cara Delevingne.

He's not exactly been keeping his new role a secret on social media and has been tweeting regularly about Star Wars.

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Seems Like a Logical Sensible Decision - Good Luck To Him
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Old 02-23-2017, 08:18 PM   #2
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That's good to see the torch has been passed. I think Jimmy Vee will do a great job playing R2D2.

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