With the passing of long time R2-D2 actor Kenny Baker last year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi needed a new actor to don the iconic costume (or should I say robot shell). That new actor has finally been revealed, months after filming has ended for the movie. Say hello to actor Jimmy Vee, your new R2-D2.
We’re proud to officially announce that our client Mr Jimmy Vee has taken over the role of the Star Wars droid ‘R2-D2’, originally played by iconic actor, Mr. Kenny Baker.
Jimmy says, “It’s been an absolute pleasure to have worked alongside the legendary Kenny Baker. Kenny was a fantastic actor and taught me all the ‘tricks’ on how he brought R2-D2 to life which I will continue to portray in his honour. I’m so excited to be a part of the Star Wars universe and can’t wait for everyone to see what we’ve been working so hard on for the last year.”
Jimmy is no stranger to the world of Film and Television having previously starred in Doctor Who & the Harry Potter movies.
We’d like to specifically thank Disney and LucasFilm ltd. for providing Jimmy with this opportunity and look forward to working with the team in the near future.
About Star Wars: The Last Jedi:
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits North American theaters on December 15, 2017. Directed by Rian Johnson and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, Jimmy Vee, and more! Music will be composed by John Williams.