R2-D2 Confirmed for Episode VII (Mania.com)

By:Robert T. Trate
Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Source: Star Wars.com

Last week we all saw the first official behind-the-scenes photo from Episode VII (below). It was in fact that of director JJ Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy, and our favorite astrotech droid R2-D2. This photo made it clear that R2 would appear int he next film. However, who were those two other guys in the film? Star Wars.com had their incredible story.
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.
“It all started when Kathleen Kennedy toured the R2-D2 Builders area at Celebration Europe this past summer in Germany,” says Steeples, who finished his first R2-D2 in 2007, after 10 years of collecting parts and researching. “She posed for pictures with us, looked at all the droids we’d built and was very complimentary. I mentioned that the R2-D2 Builders in the UK were available if required, as a semi-joke. When I was contacted to work on the film by [executive producer] Jason McGatlin, it was on her recommendation.”

What an incredible story and great lesson in opportunity. See kids, it pays to open your mouth (read their full story here on the Star Wars Blog)



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