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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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Aug 21 2014 10:34am CDT | Source: Screen Rant

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Aug 16 2014 2:23pm CDT | Source: dark horizons

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Aug 15 2014 11:55am CDT | Source: slash film

I remember when the Star Tours ride first opened in 1987 (am I old?) they had a ABC Magical World of Disney special which focused on the attraction. And when I finally got to ride the attraction, it was just as magical as I had imagined, taking us on a tour of a galaxy far far away at the same time as the climactic moments of the Star Wars. While many of the lands, characters and worlds we saw on the tour were familiar ...
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Aug 12 2014 1:30pm CDT | Source: slash film

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/Film Interview: ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Dave Filoni Answers Burning Questions About The New Series

Aug 7 2014 9:00am CDT | Source: Slash Film

When Star Wars Rebels was first announced, I immediately had a ton of questions. How did the Jedi help start the Rebel Alliance? Does that make Luke Skywalker less significant? Who was this mysterious bad guy hunting down Jedi? Why do we need him if we have Darth Vader? How closely would the series link to the original trilogy? If anyone had the answers to those questions, it was going to be Dave Filoni. Filoni is an executive producer on the show, which will debut on Disney XD in Oct ...
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15 Iconic Movie Opening Scenes: Masterful First Moments

Aug 6 2014 2:48pm CDT | Source: movie fanatic

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Guardians’ After Credits Voice Revealed

Aug 2 2014 1:59am CDT | Source: ign

If you stayed through the credits of Guardians of the Galaxy then you may have a question or two… and if not, or if you haven’t seen the film yet, then read no further! Spoilers obviously follow… O.K., so if you’re still there, then it’s safe to talk about the stinger scene that comes after the credits have rolled. Benicio del Toro’s Collector is sipping a drink and nursing his wounds as Cosmo, the Russia ...
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Copernicus explores The Science of Star Wars!

Aug 1 2014 5:20pm CDT | Source: aintitcool

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