‘Star Wars’ Original Trilogy Actor Officially Filming Franchise Return

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(l-r) luke skywalker, chewbacca, han solo, and c-3po in the empire strikes back

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Anthony Daniels’s beloved protocol droid, C-3PO, has been a fan-favorite Star Wars character for four decades, ever since he first appeared in George Lucas’s Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977). alongside Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), and Millennium Falcon pilot Han Solo (Harrison Ford).

r2-d2 and c-3po on tatooine
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Built by Anakin Skywalker, best friends with R2-D2, bane of Han Solo’s existence, and, ultimately, savior of the Resistance in the sequel trilogy’s Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019), Threepio is as iconic as they come.

anakin skywalker c3po and r2d2
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Now, Daniels is seemingly officially reprising his role for a new Star Wars project. Per a Star Wars News Net Twitter post:

Anthony Daniels Currently Doing C-3PO Performance Capture For Upcoming Project – #StarWars #StarWarsADroidStory

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While the article accompanying the post indicates that Daniels is working on A Droid Story — which is reportedly set to be an animated series featuring a new Star Wars “hero guided by R2-D2 and C-3PO” — it is also possible that he could be working on scenes for Obi-Wan Kenobi.

star wars a new hope set (right to left) c3po, ben kenobi, and luke skywalker
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Online reports have indicated that C-3PO and fellow droid R2-D2 will appear in the show, set approximately a decade after the prequel trilogy’s conclusion, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005). Both Ewan McGregor (Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi) and Hayden Christensen (Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker) are reprising their roles in the Deborah Chow-directed Disney+ Original series.

c3po and padme in revenge of the sith
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Whether Daniels is assisting animators for A Droid Story or secretly working on Obi-Wan Kenobi, the fact remains that the actor seems to be making his official return to the Star Wars franchise — and that is something all Star Wars fans can get excited about.

More on C-3PO

c3po and darth vader in star tours the adventure continues
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The official Star Wars Databank describes 3PO as:

C-3PO longs for more peaceful times, but his continued service to the Resistance — and his knowledge of more than seven million forms of communication — keeps the worry-prone droid in the frontlines of galactic conflict. Programmed for etiquette and protocol, Threepio was built by a young Anakin Skywalker, and has been a constant companion to astromech R2-D2. Over the years, he was involved in some of the galaxy’s most defining moments and thrilling battles. Since the Empire’s defeat, C-3PO has served Leia Organa, head of a Resistance spy ring aimed at undermining the First Order.

george lucas and c-3po star tours
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The character has appeared in a wide array of Star Wars projects, which you can find listed below:

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017)

Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Star Wars Rebels

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

(l-r) finn, chewbacca, rey, c-3po, and poe dameron in rise of skywalker
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Are you excited to see C-3PO officially return to the Star Wars universe?

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