Star Wars: Episode VII director JJ Abrams asked actor Anthony Daniels (the original C3PO) to reprise the role for the highly anticipated Episode VII. Daniels agreed but the 68-year-old said he’d need a new suit of shiny golden armor. The last time he played C3PO was for George Lucas’ Star Wars: Episode III–Revenge of the Sith, in 2005. Since then, Daniels has provided the voice of the bipedal, humanoid protocol droid for TV shows and animated films including the LEGO Star Wars series. But he hasn’t had to wear the gear.
Daniels says the team made “an entirely new look-a-like with change that you will never notice [on screen] that made my life a lot easier.” Daniels thinks Star Wars fanatics won’t notice a detail of difference on one of the most iconic Star Wars costumes in the history of the franchise? Clearly, Daniels has been gone from the set too long. Doesn’t he remember when Star Wars fans used to pick through the garbage of George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch in Marin, CA, desperate for a hint of what was to come or change? And btw, if the new suit is easier to take on and off, won’t that effect the way C3PO moves? Star Wars fans will have to wait and see for themselves. Star Wars: Episode VII, which will reunite the original main cast–Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill–will come to theaters December 18, 2015.