'Star Wars' fans hired to build R2-D2 for 'Episode VII'
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Lucasfilm has brought on a pair of Star Wars fans and enthusiast droid builders to create R2-D2 for a role in Episode VII. Lucasfilm's president, Kathleen Kennedy, spotted builders Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples at an R2-D2 Builders Club conference in Germany over the summer. "[Kennedy] posed for pictures with us, looked at all the droids we’d built and was very complimentary," Steeples tells StarWars.com. "I mentioned that the R2-D2 Builders in the UK were available if required, as a semi-joke." When they were eventually contacted to work on the film, Steeples says, "it was on [Kennedy's] recommendation."
They don't want to try to upgrade to a more-modern-than-the-1970s vision of robots?
You mean that R2D2 would not be implanted in the glasses?