One of the most significant characters in the Star Wars universe has wrapped filming for Episode IX. Jimmy Vee took to twitter on Monday to suggest that R2-D2 is done.
That seems to be an indication that the iconic droid has wrapped on the final film of the Skywalker saga. Jimmy Vee played R2 in The Last Jedi and is once again returning for Episode IX, as he replaced Kenny Baker after the late actor had portrayed the droid in the first seven films of the saga.
We have now had confirmation that the three main droids of the saga – C-3PO, BB-8, and R2-D2 – are all done with filming. We know that others are continuing, but it does seem like production is winding down. It will be very interesting to see what R2’s role is in this film, and I wonder if the fact that Jimmy Vee said, “It’s been a pleasure working with you” and then mentioned Anthony Daniels and C-3PO, means that he has more screentime with his friend and counterpart. R2 and 3PO haven’t had a ton of screentime together in the sequel trilogy, as they only shared one brief scene at the end of The Force Awakens and an even briefer reunion at the end of The Last Jedi. I’d love to see the two of them share more time together, and I’d also love to see more of them than we’ve gotten previously in the sequel trilogy. I think that’s especially true for R2, who is one of the most important, influential, and significant characters in Star Wars, and who has memories of all of the saga events so far. It was a wonderful touch to have him replay Leia’s message in TLJ, and I think it’d be cool to find a few other ways in IX to use R2 to help tie the whole saga together. He’s probably the most logical and natural one to do that.