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Jimmy Vee Takes Over Star Wars R2-D2 Role

The actor steps in for Kenny Baker, who died last year.

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There have been a lot of Star Wars losses in recent years, especially one many fans are still mourning – Carrie Fisher.

But no one is forgetting about Kenny Baker, however, who died last August at 81.

The 3-foot-8 actor has portrayed perennial Star Wars favorite R2-D2 since A New Hope in 1977. But now Lucasfilm has unveiled the new actor inside the droid: Jimmy Vee.

The news comes well after filming for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has completed, so Vee already has finished his first credited go-round with C-3PO. He also did some work on 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but sole credit in that film went to Baker, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Vee’s credits are primarily in the Doctor Who universe. He’s appeared in four episodes of Doctor Who between 2005 and 2014 as various characters including Bannakaffalatta in the 2007 episode “Voyage of the Damned,” and as Skovox Blitzer in the 2014 episode “The Caretaker.”

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