I know we've had the BTS pic already and that it was obvious, but we didn't really have confirmation.
R2 is definitely in Episode VII.
"The first behind-the-scenes photo from Star Wars
: Episode VII hit Twitter last Thursday, featuring director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and a certain blue and white astromech droid — who StarWars.com can now confirm will indeed be in the film. But who are the two men standing behind Artoo, looking very protective of the “overweight glob of grease”?
Meet Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples, Star Wars
fans and members of the worldwide R2-D2 Builders Club
. They create fully functioning, film-accurate astromech droids like the R2-D2 seen in the photo, and they’re officially part of the Creature Effects team for Star Wars
: Episode VII. They didn’t apply for their jobs, but still had what is probably the best reference one could hope for."
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