One of the Star Wars franchise’s most familiar and comforting characters may be making a grand return now that actor Anthony Daniels has shared a photo of himself in a motion-capture suit.
For those unfamiliar, Anthony Daniels was the voice and body behind the loveable droid C-3PO. He’s also the only character to appear in all nine of the main films in the franchise spanning movies from 1977 to 2017. He was even on hand for a brief cameo in Star Wars: Rogue One. Anthony Daniels’ commitment to the character doesn’t end there. CBR reports that he’s also reprised his role as C-3PO in various animation projects like the1980s cartoon Star Wars: Droids, Star Wars: Clone Wars micro-series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars Resistance as well as the ill-fated Star Wars: Holiday Special and much more.
Earlier this week, Anthony Daniels shared a photo of himself in a full motion-capture suit on Instagram to reveal that he’s at Ealing Studios in the UK where Lucasfilm and Disney happen to be working on some of their upcoming Star Wars projects. He captioned the image by noting that he’s finally in a C-3PO suit that fits, a likely reference to the fact that the original suit, which was actual pieces of gold plate that the actor had to wear, was really uncomfortable. Check it out:
As SlashFilm reports, it’s clear from the posts and the subsequent hashtags that Anthony Daniels is back in the saddle as C-3PO for yet another Star Wars project. However, it’s unclear exactly which one he’s working on given how many irons the franchise has in the fire right now with various movie and TV projects.
The smart money, of course, is on Star Wars: A Droid Story. The new project was announced back at Disney’s investor presentation in 2020. At the time, the Mouse House revealed that it was going to be telling the story of a new hero in the universe who is guided by none other than the legendary R2-D2 and C-3PO. The series will be animated, so the need for motion capture isn’t entirely there. However, animated series still benefit immensely from motion capture technology, especially when trying to capture a performance as singular and recognizable as Anthony Daniels. Suddenly having an animated version of C-3PO look and move entirely differently would be a real fumble at the 10-yard line.
Then again, being a droid, C-3PO being a droid means he’s immortal relative to the Star Wars franchise. We know he survives until the end of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. As a result, he could very well appear in the upcoming standalone series starring Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker respectively. Both actors are reprising their roles from the prequel trilogy and Anthony Daniels has done nothing in his Star Wars career if not prove he’s down for a role reprisal at the drop of a hat.
Unfortunately, Anthony Daniels’ latest Instagram post doesn’t do much to offer insight into what form fans will see C-3PO next. That said, for real fans of the franchise, it shouldn’t matter.