Jimmy Vee, who has appeared in numerous popular movies and TV shows, will be formally credited in The Last Jedi as the actor who plays Artoo in the final film.
The Twitter account Oh So Small confirmed the news earlier today (February 14), with Vee commenting on the honour of taking up the famous role from Baker. If so, the colours make ideal sense, and with Luke and Rey spending time on the blue and green Ahch-To, Star Wars: The Last Jedi's villains being holed up on a planet which is red and white would make for an apt visual.
The news was released on social media overnight in the United Kingdom by the Oh So Small production agency, which represents Jimmy.
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In a statement, Vee 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", he said.
Iconic characters: Kenny, who died age 81 in August, had played R2-D2 with Anthony Daniels as his much taller droid pal C-3PO since the Star Wars franchise began in 1977.
Instead of Baker, another actor took on the role of shuffling within the R2-D2 shell in The Force Awakens, and despite not being credited in the movie, he's now finally getting the recognition he deserves.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is scheduled for release on the big screen on December 15 this year.