With the passing of Kenny Baker last year, Lucasfilm needed a new performer to take over operating R2-D2 in the Star Wars films. I mean, sure they could go completely electronic or CGI with the character as they have with BB-8 and K2-SO, but there’s just something special about a human operator squeezing themselves into that tiny shell.
THR is reporting that the performer filling those shoes is none other than Jimmy Vee.
Jimmy Vee is best known for his multiple appearances on Doctor Who and the Sarah Jane Adventures. It’s going to be difficult taking the reigns from the late Baker, but it’s pretty clear he’s up to the task.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres in theaters this December.
After an extended battle with illness, Kenny Baker has passed away. Baker is best known for being the performer who crawled within the R2-D2 shell in the the original Star Wars trilogy and its prequels.
The actor, who was only 3 foot 8 inches tall, appeared in other films, like The Elephant Man and the cult classics Time Bandits and Flash Gordon. Baker’s niece Abigail Shield told The Guardian:
He had a very long and fulfilled life. He brought lots of happiness to people and we’ll be celebrating the fact that he was well loved throughout the world. We’re all very proud of what he achieved in his lifetime.
Baker had been struggling with his health for some time, often being required to use a wheelchair. And while hos death isn’t unexpected, it’s still very sad to hear of the man’s passing.
Kenny Baker was 83 years old.
Via The Guardian