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In an exclusive by The Hollywood Reporter, it was revealed that actor Jimmy Vee would be taking over the role of R2-D2 from the late Kenny Baker.

Vee had worked alongside Baker in Stare Wars: The Force Awakens, but all credit for playing the famous droid went to Baker in that film. Vee has previously appeared in other geeky fan-favorite works such as the Harry Potter film series and Doctor Who.

When discussing working with Kenny Baker, Jimmy Vee spoke with great praise and respect:

“It’s been an absolute pleasure to have worked alongside the legendary Kenny Baker,” Vee said in a statement released by Oh So Small production agency. “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 honor. 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.”

via The Hollywood Reporter

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is scheduled to be released in theaters on December 15, 2017. As of yet, no trailers have been released for the film.

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Sarah is a freelance writer and self-described workaholic. She loves fantasy and sci fi and will admit having dual loyalties between Star Trek and Star Wars as well as Marvel and DC. When she's not being socially awkward, she is in a corner obsessing over dragons, cute things, and a need to master all languages on the planet. She would like to be a professional blanket burrito when she reaches the peak of maturation.

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