'Star Wars': Jimmy Vee Takes Over as R2-D2

Vee, 57, plays the lovable little guy in The Last Jedi, due out in December.

The news was released on social media overnight in the United Kingdom by the Oh So Small production agency, which represents Jimmy.

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

It was later renamed Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope when the first movie in a prequel trilogy, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, was released in 1999.

Disney has officially announced that actor Jimmy Vee will perform the role of R2-D2 in the upcoming Star Wars movie, titled The Last Jedi, after the death of original actor Kenny Baker a year ago. Vee worked on The Force Awakens although Baker got full credit for the role. The island world of Ahch-To, where Rey found Luke Skywalker at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will of course be heavily featured in the film, and the speculation that it's Green and Blue, to reflect the most common Jedi lightsaber colors, is a fun one. 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. He's also played a goblin in various Harry Potter movies and shorts, and appeared in Pan, the 2015 adaptation of the Peter Pan story which also stars Hugh Jackman.

Disney and Lucasfilm are taking their time with Star Wars: The Last Jedi's marketing campaign, so we may have to wait a while before we hear anymore about this, but as of now, we're definitely intrigued.

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