Sign up FAST! Login

'Star Wars' fans hired to build R2-D2 for 'Episode VII'

Star Wars fans hired to build R2 D2 for Episode VII The Verge


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 "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."

Stashed in: Robots!, Star Wars!, J.J. Abrams

To save this post, select a stash from drop-down menu or type in a new one:

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?

You May Also Like: