This is the first character confirmed to appear in Star Wars: Episode VII
Notoriously secretive director J.J. Abrams took to Twitter to show off an old friend from the Star Wars franchise
The original crew.
The original crew. (Facebook/Star Wars)

It'll be a little more than two years before we get the chance to return to a galaxy far, far away, and we still know virtually nothing about Star Wars: Episode VII. Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher have all been widely rumored to reprise their roles from the original Star Wars trilogy — but not even their presences have been officially confirmed.

Fortunately, J.J. Abrams has taken mercy on fans by revealing presence of a major character in Star Wars: Episode VII. On Thursday, Abrams' studio Bad Robot tweeted a picture from the "workshop" that included a very familiar droid:

Yes, that's R2-D2 — the beloved pint-sized droid who's one of the few characters to appear in every Star Wars movie to date. (We're going to go ahead and assume this means C-3PO will be back too.)

J.J. Abrams obviously has an affinity for Artoo; he hid the character in both 2009's Star Trek and its sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, in a pair of cute cameos that represent one of the only big-screen crossovers between Star Wars and Star Trek to date. Maybe he can return balance to the franchises by sneaking a Tribble into Episode VII.

Scott Meslow is the entertainment editor and film and television critic for He has written about film and television at publications including The AtlanticPOLITICO Magazine, and Vulture.


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