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R2-D2 Officially Confirmed For Episode VII
Jay Cochran - November 19, 2013





In literately what has to be considered NO DUH! news, StarWars.com today confirmed that in fact R2-D2 will be returning for Episode VII. I wonder if I go on and post now that C-3PO will also be in the movie if that would be considered exclusive breaking news?

Anyway last Thursday J.J. Abrams' BAD ROBOT Twitter feed posted a behind-the-scenes image of the little R2 droid that has made an appearance in every Star Wars movie to date with the caption "Hi from the workshop! #StarWarsVII."

Today StarWars.com posted the following:

StarWars.com can now confirm will indeed be in the film. But who are the two men standing behind Artoo, looking very protective of the “overweight glob of grease”?

Meet Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples, Star Wars fans and members of the worldwide R2-D2 Builders Club. They create fully functioning, film-accurate astromech droids like the R2-D2 seen in the photo, and they’re officially part of the Creature Effects team for Star Wars: Episode VII. They didn’t apply for their jobs, but still had what is probably the best reference one could hope for.

It all started when Kathleen Kennedy toured the R2-D2 Builders area at Celebration Europe this past summer in Germany,” says Steeples, who finished his first R2-D2 in 2007, after 10 years of collecting parts and researching. “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.


The article goes on to talk about how the goal will be to build a better R2-D2:

“What we do need to do is improve on the mechanics,” says Towersey. “We’re currently in a research and design phase where we’re looking at drive options for reliability on all possible terrains, whether it be a one-motor-does-all, or a system which is easily adjusted depending on terrain. We have a few mocked up ideas which we hope to road test very soon.”



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2014-02-12
11:26 pm

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Devilbat
2014-01-22
5:21 pm

I know they can do some amazing things with camera angles and makeup. Heck, they could even digitally alter her appearance like they did in the X-Men and Hobbit films. I personally think the one thing that ruins Fisher's looks now are those blasted plumped-up-with-collagen lips she seems to have... read more 
featofstrength
2013-12-19
2:55 pm

[quote name='yojoebro82' timestamp='1387462124' post='16805532'] It could come out on the day of the Apocalypse and it wouldn't matter. This movie will make just as much money regardless of time of year. Everyone will see it. I plan on bootlegging/ripping to see ... read more 
yojoebro82
2013-12-19
2:08 pm

It could come out on the day of the Apocalypse and it wouldn't matter. This movie will make just as much money regardless of time of year. Everyone will see it. 
Jmacq1
2013-12-19
1:28 pm

[quote name='Wheeljack35' timestamp='1387358569' post='16805468'] Number 1...Putting out stand alone movies every year is stupid it waters down the franchise Number 2 December is the Dumbest time of the year to put this out...They should of released it during the summer ... read more 
Wheeljack35
2013-12-18
9:22 am

Number 1...Putting out stand alone movies every year is stupid it waters down the franchise Number 2 December is the Dumbest time of the year to put this out...They should of released it during the summer 
featofstrength
2013-12-10
7:32 pm

[quote name='yojoebro82' timestamp='1386697232' post='16805105'] "Star Wars will follow the Marvel strategy" (link) Not really a surprise. This quote, however, is absolutely hilarious: The strategy when it came to capitalizing on the comic book empire, ... read more 
yojoebro82
2013-12-10
5:40 pm

"Star Wars will follow the Marvel strategy" (link) Not really a surprise. This quote, however, is absolutely hilarious: The strategy when it came to capitalizing on the comic book empire, Rausl0 said was “..to take this treasure trove of content and deliver it through the... read more 
bcoope
2013-12-03
8:24 pm

No doubt Starwars is going to make a lot of money. But didn`t the first movies get success too? What I hope is that besides making millions they make a good movie as well. [right][color="#FFFFFF"][size="1"][url=" (link) to watch the game preview.[/color][/right] 
Jmacq1
2013-12-02
6:49 pm

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