There are certain things that need to happen to make a proper Star Wars movie: an opening title card that reads “A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far, Far Away,” lightsabers, and C-3PO & R2-D2. While the first two are locks to be featured in the new Star Wars: Episode VII, it’s unclear whether or not Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker (played by C-3PO & R2-D2, respectively, in all of the Star Wars movies) will return to the new Star Wars trilogy. No casting choices have been made official yet, but it appears Anthony Daniels isn’t worried about being featured in the new movie.
In an interview with Digital Spy, Daniels talked briefly about reprising his role as C-3PO in Star Wars: Episode VII. It wouldn’t feel like a Star Wars movie without the line, “I am C-3PO, human-cyborg relations,” featured somewhere in the film. Daniels says:
It’s all very early days and I don’t want to wear anybody out by speculating or letting you waste your energy by saying ‘What do you think?’ I’m certainly not sitting by the phone, but it’s always nice when it rings. Do you know what I mean? It never occurred to me that it would happen. Everybody’s really happy that Disney have taken over the mantle. Kathy Kennedy is so well loved and she is carrying George Lucas’s torch so much further.
While Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker were physically inside of the C-3PO and R2-D2 costumes in the original Star Wars trilogy, their roles might be limited in the new sequel trilogy. Considering that CGI versions of C-3PO and R2-D2 played heavily in the prequel trilogy, it’s most likely that the actors would be replaced on J.J. Abrams’ new film. That’s not to say Anthony Daniels wouldn’t voice the gold-plated droid, but he might get to skip the long hours in a sweaty, metal costume.
Star Wars: Episode VII is expected in theaters sometime in 2015.