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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.

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Star Wars Bits: See The ‘Episode VII’ Crew Hat; Christina Chong, George Lucas and ‘Rebels’ Featurettes

Oct 21 2014 9:00am CDT | Source: Slash Film

Two of the actresses in Star Wars Episode VII are in the news, as is Star Wars Rebels, George Lucas and more. Read about all this in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Lupita Nyong’o posted an image of herself in the Star Wars Episode VII crew hat. Actress Christina Chong has finished filming Star Wars Episode VII. Watch two featurettes about Star Wars Rebels featuring new footage and making of information. Alex Ross reveals a variant cover of the new Marvel Comics Star War ...
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VIDEO: Brad Bird Explains Why He Turned Down ‘Star Wars Episode VII’

Oct 14 2014 1:30pm CDT | Source: slash film

Brad Bird had a big decision, one many film fans would love to have to make. In a new interview, the director of Tomorrowland once again talked about being approached to direct Star Wars Episode VII and strongly considering the job, but being so deep into pre-production on Tomorrowland he had to turn the Star Wars gig down. However, Bird strongly considered making Tomorrowland then jumping right into a Galaxy Far, Far Away. Watc ...
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'Star Wars' With a Dash of 'Spiderwick': Inside Tony DiTerlizzi and Ralph McQuarrie's Beautiful New Book

Oct 10 2014 5:08pm CDT | Source: yahoo

Like millions of others in this galaxy, Tony DiTerlizzi grew up enamored with the Star Wars universe. “I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t inspired by Star Wars,” the bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles tells Yahoo Movies. “Since I first watched A New Hope back in 1977, the original Star Wars trilogy imprinted on my creative mind.” DiTerlizzi’s creative mind melds with the beloved brainchild of George Lucas in the new picture book, Star Wars: The Adventures ...
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Simon Kinberg Talks X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Blu-ray, the Response to Quicksilver, APOCALYPSE, and George Lucas’ Reaction to STAR WARS: REBELS

Oct 5 2014 1:46pm CDT | Source: Collider

Arriving on Blu-ray and DVD on October 14th is X-Men: Days of Future Past.  The film was a massive success at the box office, becoming the highest grossing X-Men entry thus far by a wide margin.  Indeed, the production itself was so big that an entire subplot featuring the character of Rogue was removed, with an extended cut of the film—dubbed the “Rogue Cut”—set to be released on home video next summer.  In promotion of this current Blu-ray release, t ...
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Star Wars Toy Documentary ‘Plastic Galaxy’ Now Streaming

Oct 3 2014 12:07pm CDT | Source: Slash Film

One of the best/worst things about being a Star Wars fan is the merchandise. There’s just so much of it. You can try and avoid it, tell yourself you aren’t going to buy it, but eventually someone is going to make that exact piece you’ve always dreamed about and you have to have it. That’s because, in one of the most famous business deals ever, George Lucas turned down a significant chunk of his salary on the original film in exchange for rights to any Star Wars sequels and merchandising ...
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'Indiana Jones 5' Is Happening, Secures Cinematographer

Oct 2 2014 1:13am CDT | Source: ace showbiz

Steven Spielberg's frequent collaborator Janusz Kaminski is confirmed to be working on the fifth 'Indiana Jones ...
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Star Wars 7: Oscar Isaac Talks About Secrecy, Characters And More

Sep 30 2014 3:14pm CDT | Source: movie pilot

HP: Okay, here’s a nostalgia-based question that you’ll be allowed to answer: How do you feel about the “updates” George Lucas has made to the films?Oscar Isaac: Well, it’s a funny thing. I mean there’s two things. As an artist, like, he made the shit, so why can’t he do whatever the heck he wants with it. There’s a part of me that appreciates that he doesn’t really care if people are upset about i ...
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Star Wars Bits: Anthony Daniels Finishes Episode VII, Forest Filming Details, Oscar Isaac and Rebels

Sep 29 2014 4:00pm CDT | Source: Slash Film

One of the most iconic Star Wars actors has finished his work on the new film, plus a new actor has some thoughts for the old guard and more in this edition of Star Wars Bits: Details on the Star Wars Episode VII shoot in the Forest of Dean have been revealed. Anthony Daniels has finished his shooting on Star Wars Episode VII. Oscar Isaac wishes George Lucas had left the original trilogy alone. What does Ron Burgundy dressed as Han Solo lo ...
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The Biggest Star Wars Plot Holes...and the Fan Theories That Explain Them

Sep 29 2014 8:28am CDT | Source: movie pilot

The Star Wars universe - especially in the original trilogy - is a pretty awesome place: one full of Jedi Knights, epic space battles and straightforwardly evil villains to oppose. And, of course, Wookiees. There's one major problem with it, though - courtesy of Mr. George Lucas, Esq:It couldn't be more full of plot holes if it tried.Fortunately, though, Star Wars also has the sort of awes ...
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