Monday was a very significant day on the set of Star Wars: Episode IX, as Anthony Daniels officially wrapped filming.
The veteran Star Wars actor tweeted a heartfelt goodbye and appreciation:
This is surely quite emotional for Daniels, who has been bringing the beloved protocol droid to life for over four decades. And given the fact that Episode IX is the end of the Skywalker saga and that after it Lucasfilm is likely to explore other eras, it seems very possible (in fact, probably likely) that this is the final time Daniels will portray C-3PO in a live-action Star Wars film. And that’s pretty significant and emotional, when you think about it.
Daniels is the only person to appear in all eleven Star Wars movies. He of course portrays C-3PO in the nine saga films plus Rogue One, and even though the golden droid wasn’t in Solo: A Star Wars Story, Daniels was, as he played a man named Tak who was imprisoned in the Spice Mines of Kessel (so yes, Daniels finally did get sent there!). Daniels has also lent his voice to pretty much any Star Wars project that features C-3PO, voicing the character in various animated shows including Droids, both versions of The Clone Wars, Rebels, Forces of Destiny, and LEGO Star Wars. Daniels has been an integral part of the Star Wars universe, so it’s pretty emotional to think about him wrapping on his final live-action film – at least as C-3PO, probably.
Episode IX figures to be our live-action goodbye to a number of other characters too, including probably Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). It’s been amazing to get a sequel trilogy after so many years, but even good things often eventually come to an end. I can’t wait to see what J.J. Abrams and company are doing with the film, and I can’t wait to see C-3PO on the big screen for perhaps the last time. The movie will undoubtedly be the end of a wonderful era.