Production on Star Wars: Episode IX kicked off last summer and it appears as though filming is finally getting close to completion. Anthony Daniels, who has played C-3PO since 1977's Star Wars, shared a post on social media confirming that he had finished shooting, saying his goodbyes to the cast and crew with a heart-warming message.
The actor shared, "Today was 3PO's last on Episode IX. He's sad - so am I. But we're so proud to have worked with such a lovely, talented cast & crew lead by [director] J.J. [Abrams] & [Lucasfilm president] Kathy [Kennedy]. I'll miss everyone but I'm glad to know that we've been making something exceptional together, to share with the waiting world."
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C-3PO's appearance has changed over the years, with his origins in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace displaying only his skeleton structure and necessary inner workings to function, as Anakin Skywalker had to leave Tatooine behind before giving his creation the iconic gold coverings. When the droid reemerged in the sequel trilogy, he had one red arm, which he adopted as a tribute to one of his fallen droid comrades between the events of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Daniels previously revealed that, not only has his character evolved on screen, but his on-set costume has also improved over the years.
"They 3D printed it, which still makes it as heavy as it was, but it means you can make little changes, print it out, try that, and it works better," the actor shared with Space. "The head used to take half an hour to put on. Now it goes on—because they changed the way it fits together—in eight seconds, which means I can take it off after each shot.”
He added, "Back in the day, I was basically locked in that suit… to begin with, of
Fans can see Daniels' performance as C-3PO when Star Wars: Episode IX lands in theaters in December.
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