Anthony Daniels Teases C-3PO’s Return in ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′

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Screen Rant Underground Podcast listeners – who tuned in for the SRU podcast crew’s New York Comic-Con 2013 recap installment - know that our staff has grown just as tired of reporting Star Wars: Episode VII rumors as the general fanbase is of having few official details to fuel speculation (in the correct direction, that is).

As it stands, all we know for certain is that Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams is drawing from a screenplay written by Toy Story 3‘s Oscar-winning screenwriter, Michael Arndt (based on material cooked up by George Lucas), with an unspecified 2015 release date in mind… maybe.

Beyond that, it’s anyone’s guess, as to whether the storyline for Episode VII will resemble the journeys of Anakin and Luke Skywalker in Episodes I-VI (featuring a female protagonist, as has been rumored) – or something else altogether, like a conflict that turns the classic Jedi versus Sith battle on its head, as unlikely as that may seem.

That said, out of all the original and/or prequel trilogy cast members that’ve so far been rumored to return in the seventh Star Wars installment, one could argue that the most reasonable choice to come back is C-3PO – with his counterpart R2-D2 – since the protocol droid ought to still be functioning when Episode VII begins (not to mention, he’s one of the few characters that has appeared in all six Star Wars movies to date).

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Question is, will Anthony Daniels reprise as the golden-plated robot (fluent in “over six million forms of communication”) in Episode VII? Well, here is what the actor said at his spotlight panel at NYCC 2013, as reported by Film Buff Online (hat tip to Cinemablend):

“Walls have ears. And we know what they look like. They’re very big ears…” the man inside the C-3P0 costume stated as to why he wouldn’t be speaking at all about the impending sequel while at the same time pantomiming a set of Mickey Mouse ears… However, towards the end of the panel, Daniels was asked about being the only actor who appeared in all six episodes of the franchise and “maybe seven?”

“Yes, I am the only actor to be in all seven because I feel -” Daniels replied before catching himself. “Six! Whatever.” He then went on to pantomime a call back to his “big ears” comment from the start of the panel.

Good-natured tease by the veteran fan-favorite actor, unofficial confirmation, or a playful way to dodge being hunted down by Abrams, along with producers Bryan Burk and Kathleen Kennedy, for spilling Episode VII secrets ahead of time? It’s not exactly the most exciting Star Wars-related topic discussion right now, but as was mentioned earlier, anything in the way of a semi-official update on casting for the film is a refreshing change of pace after months of playing guessing games and reporting on how nearly every young rising star has auditioned for the movie.

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Although both C-3PO and R2-D2 were arguably shoehorned within the overarching narrative for Episode I-III (unnecessarily so, as many have pointed out that there were more reasonable options for how to include them), the fact is that the pair of droids have served the purpose of comic relief/audience proxy throughout the Star Wars saga to date. Moreover, it requires little to no stretching of the imagination to buy that the children of Han and Leia Solo and/or the offspring of Luke Skywalker would regard their parents’ droids as family – and thus, have kept them around by the time Episode VII begins.

Of course, we’ve previously discussed the pros and cons of bringing old familiar faces back in Episode VII – that includes the risk of banking too much on nostalgia and callbacks (looking at you, prequel trilogy) rather than allowing for the new Star Wars to stand on its own apart from the old – but, in the case of a character like C-3PO, that should help more in terms of bridging the generational gap, rather than holding up progress.

Do you want to see C-3PO (along with R2-D2, naturally) back in Episode VII? Or would you rather that the film introduce new droid sidekicks to go along with a new generation of heroes?


Star Wars: Episode VII is tentatively slated to open in theaters in Summer 2015, but it may not arrive until November of that year.

Source: Film Buff Online [via Cinemablend]

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  1. COME ON GUYS ! The droids are like the falcon … A MUST :) !

  2. At least with C-3PO there is one familiar character that has aged well.

      • :D :D

      • Hilarious.

  3. gotta have the droids.

  4. Of course they have to be in it. I just wonder if Luke and Leia know they were there parents droids also.

  5. There’s no doubt in my mind that both legendary droids will be present!

  6. PT haters are even complainers about having R2 and 3PO in them?


    Good grief!

    BTW the movie is set for summer 2015 so unless that’s changed it’s set for then. It hasn’t so it isn’t.

  7. C3PO and R2D2 must be in the film. Not having them is like asking for pizza without tomato sauce.

  8. Does every single story, post, or clip about Star Wars have to take a potshot at the prequels? So they were not the greatest movies. For the love of God, get over it. There were millions of people who enjoyed them. It’s real easy to criticize from the sidelines though, isn’t it?

    • Shant! And you can’t make me. *Blows Raspberry* (^-^)

  9. “E chu ta!”

    • “Goodness gracious me!”

  10. Actually enjoyed the prequels myself. Not perfect, but nothing is.

  11. Of course they’ll be in the movie. The problem with the PT wasn’t them appearing (that in an of itself is fine), it was HOW they appeared and were used.

  12. I wouldn’t hate them but they don’t need to be in the newer movies much if at all. Maybe a cameo or something, but honestly they’re a little stale to me. A good place for all of these old characters are the side-project Star Wars movies.

    At this point I’m all for new characters and a brand new story. You’ve got a good writer and I’m sure a talented design crew, why not think up some clever new stuff? Instead of 3PO & R2 hanging around make some even better droids.

    Same with Han, Leia, Luke, Chewbacca. All cool but I feel like their story has been told already. And the Vader/Anakin bit was overtold in the prequels. Let’s get a fresh start and move forward with the franchise. There are plenty of outlets for those who don’t want to leave anything to the imagination, side movies, books, animated series, comics, video games and so on. To the future!

  13. we need the original characters at least in RISE OF THE SITH so that they can introduce the new characters. they can come back as cameos in episode VIII and also reappear in episode IX to either assist the new characters or kill them if they turn to the Dark Side at the cost of their own lives

  14. ***C3PO Force Ghost***

    You heard it here first!!!

  15. The likelihood of this going over with fans is over sixty million to one! Oh dear! Oh the maker!

  16. I am glad to see the old characters in the new movies They will connect the new Star wars to the old. Star wars was about the Jedi and Sith but it was also about the Skywalker family.

    So i cant wait to see the next generation of Skywalkers. I hope they show a teaser trailer with Luke leading the new Jedi. I’m so hype for the new Star Wars its crazy. It better have plenty of action.

  17. a million years ago when Lucas revealed that there were 9 movies to the saga he said that r2 and 3po were the only two characters that are in all 9 …

    • Exactly +1

  18. He wasnt the droid I was looking for….

  19. Spoiler: R2D2 is a Jedi.

  20. I can’t buy a smart phone that lasts more than 2 years, a laptop to go over 5 years, or a water heater to last more than 15 years…but these highly sophisticated pieces of machinery last through 3 generations? They must not have a free market economy in a galaxy far far away.

  21. Honestly, not thrilled about this and certainly hope he’s not a major character. The comic relief of C3PO and R2D2 in the original trilogy was funny and believable. The prequel characters were just stupid. C3PO was basically the only thing that killed the only good scene from Episode 2 with that stupid “Die Jedi Dog” stuff and R2D2 was stupid in Episode 1 and 3 with the “let’s get the shields up that we’re never going to use” in Episode 1 and the oil on fire crap in Episode 3. Like just about everything in the prequel, their characters were just forced. No pun intended.

  22. GREAT NEWS!!!