‘STAR WARS: Episode IX’ Wraps R2-D2 Filming – What’s Next?

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Well, we don’t have a title. We don’t have any *official* photos, either. To be honest, we really don’t know much at all about Star Wars: Episode IX yet. What we do know is this: principal photography is drawing nearer to a close. On the heels of Anthony Daniels confirming he’s wrapped filming for C-3PO, Jimmy Vee now tells us he’s wrapped R2-D2 filming, as well.

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Actor Jimmy Vee posing with the R2-D2 droid. (Image: Jimmy Vee/Twitter)

Vee, as you know, took over portraying the iconic astromech droid following original R2-D2 actor Kenny Baker’s passing. With Episode IX Artoo, together with C-3PO, will have appeared in ten of the eleven, full–length, live-action Star Wars films. Vee let us know that he’d wrapped R2-D2 filming in a heartwarming tweet to long-time friend Anthony Daniels:

R2-D2 Filming is in the Books – What’s Next?

Wrapping up the R2-D2 filming brings us one step closer to… what, exactly? Well, hopefully, a trailer (although the expectation is that we won’t see anything until Star Wars Celebration in April). As Comic Book reminds us, Threepio actor Anthony Daniels recently hinted that something big would be coming soon. The unfortunate truth is that nothing official appears on the horizon. All we’ve gotten so far are leaked set photos and, most recently, some leaked concept art.

The leaked concept art, however, at least seems to confirm some rumors (Richard E. Grant portraying a First Order officer, for one). A photo of “Adventure Poe” also perfectly matches leaked photos we’ve seen of the actor in scenes with Naomi Ackie, Chewbacca actor Joonas Suotamo, and John Boyega. Now that Vee has wrapped R2-D2 filming, though, perhaps we’re finally moving forward toward our first official look at Episode IX.

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Image: Lucasfilm

There’s still a lot of work to do on Episode IX; that much is certain. But principal photography and art direction wrapping up (including C-3PO and R2-D2 filming) is a good sign of things to come.

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Source: Comic Book

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