The Role of R2-D2 Has Been Filled by Jimmy Vee in STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
Kenny Baker played R2-D2 in every Star Wars film since 1977. In August of last year, the actor passed away at the age of 81, and he needed to be replaced by someone for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. That someone happens to be Jimmy Vee, who worked alongside Baker as R2 in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Vee revealed the news in a statement he released in which he said:
“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 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.”
It seems like Vee is an honorable replacement for Baker. He has also appeared in several episodes of Doctor Who as a variety of creatures. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set to be released on December 15th!