Newswire: Star Wars formally casts its new R2-D2

When long-time R2-D2 performer Kenny Baker died last year, the Star Wars franchise quietly noted that actor Jimmy Vee—who worked without being credited on the character for Star Wars: The Force Awakens—would take over the role for the then-untitled Episode VIII. Now, Variety reports that Disney has made the casting official, with news coming that Vee will be the credited performer for the beloved droid in Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi. (R2 is largely created through CGI and remote control unit these days, but there are still scenes that require a human performer to control the suit.)

We’re thrilled to announce that #OhSoSmall actor @RealJimmyVee is the new #R2D2!

Full story here: https://t.co/eR2OKAdDR4#StarWars pic.twitter.com/FT1IAWno8I

— Oh So Small (@OhSoSmall) February 13, 2017

Vee’s past credits include a number of appearances on Doctor Who, as well as the 2015 film …

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