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R2-D2 confirmed for Star Wars Episode VII

Nov 20 2013, 4:20am CST | by Bang Movies

R2-D2 has become the first character officially confirmed for 'Star Wars: Episode VII'. The lovable droid has appeared in all six previous instalments of the science-fiction franchise and now Disney...

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R2-D2 confirmed for Star Wars Episode VII

Nov 20 2013, 4:20am CST | by Bang Movies

R2-D2 has become the first character officially confirmed for 'Star Wars: Episode VII'.

The lovable droid has appeared in all six previous instalments of the science-fiction franchise and now Disney - who bought Lucasfilm and the rights to the series from creator George Lucas in 2012 - have revealed the robot will definitely be part of the new movie.

Rumours were rife R2-D2 would be appearing after a behind-the-scenes photo was posted on Twitter last week showing director J.J. Abrams, the blue-and-white astromech droid and two mystery men at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England.

The men have now been revealed as Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples, two 'Star Wars' fans who are members of the worldwide R2-D2 Builders Club who build movie-accurate astromech droids from the franchise.

They have been hired on the recommendation of Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy to be part of the creature effects team for the movie at Pinewood Studios and they will be responsible for operating R2.

Steeples told StarWars.com: ''It all started when Kathleen Kennedy toured the R2-D2 Builders area at Celebration Europe this past summer in Germany. She posed for pictures with us, looked at all the droids we'd built and was very complimentary. I mentioned that the R2-D2 Builders in the UK were available if required, as a semi-joke. When I was contacted to work on the film by [executive producer] Jason McGatlin, it was on her recommendation.''

Both Steeples and Towersey have operated an R2 unit on screen before for a series of commercials for British electrical store Currys and admit there are various challenges to keeping a droid working because of the various gears, lights and electronics that it needs to move.

Towersey revealed: ''What we do need to do is improve on the mechanics.''

But the two experts are ready for the challenge and feel honoured to be working on the franchise they have loved for so long.

Towersey said: ''It's fascinating to see the whole process of filmmaking as 'Star Wars: Episode VII' grows around us. I feel very privileged to be in the working environment I'm in at the moment. It's something I will never take for granted.''

Steeples added: ''It's a dream come true and I hope I can live up to the expectations of the thousands of R2-D2 builders around the world, let alone the millions of 'Star Wars' fans.''

It is not yet known if actor Kenny Baker - the man who was inside R2-D2 for the previous six films - will take control of the robot again or whether C-3PO, his droid sidekick, will appear.

'Star Wars: Episode VII' will hit cinemas in December 2015.

Source: Bang Movies


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Watch 'Star Wars' Get Really Awkward Without John Williams' Score

Sep 12 2014 3:37pm CDT | Source: yahoo

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9 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Luke Skywalker

Sep 11 2014 10:07am CDT | Source: ign

From farm boy whiner to galactic savior, Luke Skywalker is one of the great movie heroes. And now he’s set to finally make his return to the screen in Star Wars: Episode VII. So let’s take a look back at some of the lesser known aspects of the character’s history. Click for 9 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Han Solo Here are nine things you probably didn’t know about Luke Skywalker! In early dra ...
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3 days ago

Cool Stuff: The Star Wars Deluxe Edition Hardcover Collection

Sep 11 2014 10:00am CDT | Source: slash film

Dark Horse Comics has released The Star Wars Deluxe Hardcover Collection, which compiles The Star Wars comic book mini series. Based on George Lucas’s original rough draft screenplay for Star Wars, the comic adapts Ralph McQuarrie‘s early concept designs to bring the un filmed version of the story to life. We’ll take a look at this special collection, see some photos of whats inside, and find out my thoughts on The Star Wars Deluxe Edition, after the jump. The Star Wars Deluxe H ...
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6 days ago

VOTD: Is ‘Star Wars’ Secretly Racist?

Sep 8 2014 1:00pm CDT | Source: Slash Film

The latest edition of Cracked.com’s After Hours video series tackles the question: Is Star Wars secretly racist? Its a Kevin Smith Clerks-style diner discussion of the topic, taking on a serious subject with pop culture reference-heavy geek humor. Watch the “is Star Wars racist?” video embedded after the jump. Is Star Wars Racist Video Or how about this classic clip from Kevin Smith‘s Chasing Amy: For some more serious ...
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Top 10 Star Wars Fight Scenes: What's Number One?

Sep 1 2014 3:54pm CDT | Source: movie fanatic

The folks over at StarWars.com know better than anyone when it comes to the universe created by George Lucas. So, when they announce that they’ve gone through all of the six Star Wars movies and laid out their top 10 fight sequences, you have to take them seriously. But, wait until you see what is number one and let us know if they got it right! Top 10 Star Wars Fights As Star Wars: Episode VII starts shooting again -- now that Harrison Ford’s inju ...
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2 weeks ago

Did ‘Game of Thrones’ Writer George RR Martin Help Create Chewbacca? [Trivia]

Aug 27 2014 4:00pm CDT | Source: slash film

Is it possible Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin helped to unknowingly create Star Wars‘ Chewbacca? Hit the jump and we’ll take a journey through the creation of the famous Wookiee from a galaxy far, far away. We’ll discover the George RR Martin Chewbacca connection and examine what it might mean.   The Creation of Chewbacca George Lucas went through many iterations with different artists to create the C ...
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2 weeks ago

"Star Wars" Comes To Disney Infinity, Oculus Rift?

Aug 27 2014 3:25am CDT | Source: dark horizons

First came Disney Infinity 1.0 with the assorted characters from Disney's animated and live-action film vaults. Next month comes the release of Disney Infinity 2.0 which adds various Marvel superhero characters to its roster. The inevitable question then arises, what about the studio's other mega franchise - "Star Wars". Will the world that George Lucas built be a part of an inevitable Disney Infinity 3.0? Speaking with Newsarama, Avalanche ...
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Page 2: Walking Dead, TMNT, Jurassic World, Voltron, Star Wars, Scorsese, Akira, Miyazaki, Toy Story

Aug 22 2014 3:10pm CDT | Source: Slash Film

Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. Header Photo: Walking Dead POP! Vinyl Figures Series 5 George Lucas blew up the galaxy, but I still remember it Drones Don’t Just Star In ‘The November Man’ – They Helped Make It ...
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3 weeks ago

Trivia: George Lucas Originally Rejected Frank Oz as the Voice of Yoda

Aug 22 2014 9:00am CDT | Source: Slash Film

Above you can see two pieces of concept art for Yoda, designed during the development of Empire Strikes Back. Its almost impossible to imagine Yoda as a blue gnome creature with pointy toes, but that was George Lucas’ initial conception of the wise old master Jedi. I’m always fascinated by these kind of “what ifs.” What might have been if one little decision was different than what we have come to know a ...
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