Star Wars’ Anthony Daniels has revealed he’s returning to the Star Wars universe for another project. The only actor to be directly involved in every live-action Star Wars film, Daniels first donned C-3P0’s iconic golden suit for the original 1977 Star Wars, later retitled as Star Wars: A New Hope. An integral part of the franchise’s enduring legacy, Daniels would not only return for a cameo appearance as the fan-favorite protocol droid in 2016’s spinoff film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but he also briefly played a human slave in the spice mines of Kessel in 2018’s Solo: A Star Wars Story as well.
Designed by the late Ralph McQuarrie, C-3PO (or Threepio as he is also often called), was based heavily on the robot Maschinenmensch from the 1927 German sci-fi film, Metropolis. While Star Wars creator George Lucas had originally envisioned Threepio with an American accent and had even considered legendary voice actor, Mel Blanc, for the role, he later changed his mind after Daniels tested for the role. Over the following decades, Daniels would continue to prove his dedication to the role by returning to voice him in various other mediums including specials, documentaries, video games, and animated series such as The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and Star Wars Resistance.
Most recently. it appears that Daniels is set to return as the fastidious protocol droid once more, as the actor took to Instagram to share a behind-the-scenes photo of him in full motion-capture gear. Captioning the photo with the comment “Finally, a new suit – that fits!,” Daniels also tagged the London-based film studio, Ealing Studios. Check out his post below:
Exactly which project Daniels is set to appear in is not exactly clear at this point in time, but fans have been sent into a frenzy of speculation. Predicting his appearance in everything from the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series, to Andor, Ahoska, and The Mandalorian season 3, others have taken his use of motion capture to instead hint at his involvement in a video game instead. Other fans have also pointed to the previously announced Star Wars: A Droid Story, a future project that was first announced in December 2020 and will introduce audiences “to a new hero, guided by legendary duo R2-D2 and C-3PO.”
A special intended for release on Disney+, A Droid Story will see Lucasfilm Animation team up with the visual effects boffins at Industrial Light and Magic to offer up unique new opportunities in the realm of Star Wars storytelling. Whether Daniels is indeed working on this new animated special, or another project altogether, he seems visibly relieved at the use of motion capture rather than being forced to wear the practical suit which was used for every episode of the Skywalker saga except The Phantom Menace. Until more information is released, avid Star Wars fans will no doubt be pondering what this latest reveal means for the future of their beloved franchise.
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