J.J. Abrams Poses with R2-D2 from STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Workshop in New Image

     November 14, 2013


With an official release date of December 18, 2015 now set, director J.J. Abrams and his Star Wars: Episode VII team are working towards a firm deadline with production set to get underway early next year.  Just in case you thought Abrams and Co. were twiddling their thumbs, the Bad Robot twitter just unveiled a behind-the-scenes image of Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy posing with a rather familiar-looking robot in their workshop where pre-production on Episode VII is well underway.  It’s a fun teaser image that may or may not confirm that R2-D2 will make an appearance in the Star Wars sequel.

Hit the jump to take a look at the image, and if you’d like to submit a video audition to be in the film, click here.

Via Bad Robot’s Twitter.


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  • enderandrew

    R2-D2 may or may not appear in the movie?

    Anthony Daniels said publicly he is the only actor to be in all 7, which basically confirmed that R2-D2 and C3-PO are coming back. And while Lucas changes his mind constantly, he has always said the droids will be in every movie.

    • MEY

      Dear Enderandrew, you got the top position here. :) You’re always the top – at least for me.

      Adding some words, the most fantastic Star Wars adventures share the feature that R2-D2 and C3-PO appear in them together forming a kind of team. There are a lot of scenes in the old trilogy movies where their actions and conversations are focused. In other words, they form a kind of essential ‘ingredient’ which creates the ‘Star Wars feeling.’

      One of the biggest problems of the prequels is that they lack of this Star Wars feature and the two robots do not have adventures together supporting the heroes.

      As a conclusion, we will meet R2-D2 and C3-PO in Episode 7 because Abrams knows what he has to do.

      • GunzOfNavarone

        Thanks for that insight.

      • MEY

        Thanks for the smoke.

  • jk

    Yeah, I think it’s a given R2-D2 (and C-3PO) will be in these movies.

  • wut


  • Leo Spaceman

    Holy S**t, its almost like we got an actual casting announcement.

  • http://www.beatific-design.com Beatific

    I read an article that said they were building a Millennium Falcon stage at the studio too. Not sure how true that is.

  • Strong Enough

    and of course Kathleen Kennedy is there doing absolutely nothing as all producers do

    • SomeGuy

      In that sense, it looks like no one is doing absolutely anything.

      • MEY


      • Strong Enough

        nope. except for hans zimmer. he is busy making beautiful music

      • The Flobbit

        Hans Zimmer is not scoring SW7.

      • Strong Enough

        i know. he is off doing some other masterpiece

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        Hans Zimmer has the same annoying style. And sometimes he plagiarizes himself. ( Gladiator / Pirates of the Carribean)
        No one can compete with John Williams when it comes to unforgettable themes.

      • Strong Enough

        As Good As It Gets, Lion King, Thin Red Line, Dark Knight, Rain Man, The Last Samurai, Madagascar. The man is legend and we serve him

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        I am not saying he can’t compose. Just his music is not that memorable. Can you remember just one theme from rain man ? if you listen to Batman score, can you tell whether it is Begins, TDK or TDKR music score? I for myself can’t unless I hear them many times a day.
        For me he is not a legend. just a good composer who knows how to write good backround music and sometimes memorable themes ( Gladiator).
        Those who deserve to be called Legends in scoring are for me: Bernard Herrman, Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, Ennio Morricone

        I will put Zimmer among James Horner, James Newton Howard, Harry Gregson Williams, and John Powell.

      • The Flobbit

        Woahwoah woah. I LOVE the theme from Rain Man. It goes like this: Duh dah duh da da Da, Duh dah duh da da Da…

        OK, so it’s intranscribable. But Hans Zimmer is a legend – he is absolutely brilliant at making haunting or emotional scores, while John Williams has always been more bombastic and such.

        But the biggest crime of all is the lack of Howard Shore on your legends list. Not only did he compose one of the (in the top 3) film scores of all time – Lord of the Rings, but his socres for Silence of the Lambs, Se7en, The Game, The Fly, and most Cronenberg and Fincher movies are eerie, tense, moody, and utterly beautiful.

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        Mea culpa. I didn’t talk about Howard Shore. His composing of LOTR score is a masterpiece indeed. But will this be enough to call him a legend ? I dunno. Maybe if he will make other amazing scores in the future that everybody can identify as a trade mark.

        You can make a test yourself. ask someone to identify the name of the composer who scored seven or the game or the fly or rain man… I doubt that someone will succeed, unless he is a true fan of Film Music.
        Do the same test with almost any of John Williams scores ( since Jaws) and there will be a good chance that he will be spotted. Or at least they will Identify the movie.

        But Howard Shore surely is a very talented composer and in a class above any of those other composers.

        I have also another favorite composer that nobody is talking about : Bruce Broughton. I love his style. His composed a terrific score for Young Sherlock. It is simply a masterpiece. He shares a lot with John Williams in the layering and complexity of his orchestral music. Once you hear it it sticks for a long time in your head.

      • The Flobbit

        That is because John Williams tends to make very bombastic scores – full-colours, trumpets, drums, all-American, you know what I mean. Also, it’s his THEMES that are more famous. Hans Zimmer’s themes (with the exception of He’s a Pirate) are not as good as his haunting, ethereal background music.

        Howard Shore, with the exception of LOTR, which was very Wagnerian and probably in the top 3 film scores of all time (and The Hobbit score does NOT disappoint – another fave) – succeeds in creating mood and atmosphere with tense, almost invisible but VERY effective score. Watch Fincher’s The Game and see how much of it’s mood is down to score.

        Another AWESOME composer is Trent Reznor, who’s Social Network score was flippin beautiful, man. Oh, and Clint Mansell, who makes ethereal, other-wordly, haunting, and chilling like nobody’s business (See: Moon, The Fountain).

      • Strong Enough

        wow i have never read anything so disrespectful for a long time. NOT A LEGEND? Just a GOOD composer? wow. He has created some of the most recognizable film music ever over the span of his epic career. He changed the way we hear film music. almost every trailer copies his style. Of course i can hum the TDK theme. I can also hum Man of steel theme, rain man theme, lion king theme, Pirates Theme. Journey to the line is the most overused music in film history. And now Time will take its place. He delves deep into the characters. Instead of creating bombastic scores that go all over the place, he is more psychological, more into the the film. I mean you look at his filmography it is insane! I have a feeling you don’t really know film music. I mean who can’t remember that TDK theme. Duh…duh…duh duh duh…duh duhuhuhuhuhuhuhuhuhuhuhu

        besides John Powell was taught by Zimmer. So was Harry Williams. lol

        you disrespectful son of a(*&(**(&(*&(!

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        I read you until your “you disrespectful son of a(*&(**(&(*&(!” and then, decided just to ignore your post.

      • Strong Enough

        but that was at the end lmao

    • Pk

      Why is she even in the photo? Looks so random…

    • a new hope


  • Faptain America

    The colors are all wrong!!! That’s not how it was in the comics!!! This movie will suck!!!

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    R2D2 and C3PO were the coolest characters until Episode 1. I hated the naked and humourless C3PO

    • ya

      Well thats why we got the loveable Jar Jar Binks in episode 1

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        I can’t believe that the guy who came up with this horrible character was the same guy who created star wars.

  • scottish_punk

    Great image we have here, love R2 :)

    Personally, I’m just thankful that Adam Chitwood covered this and not the pretentious doomsayer Goldberg, otherwise we’d probably see his snarky, nonsensical cynicism plastered all over this article.

    • Steeeve

      If I may channel Goldberg, here is his take:

      “Director/”writer” J.J. Abrams and company stand a respectful distance from R2-D2, as if not sure how comfortable to be around him or to be seen too chummy with him — clearly indicating that the movie, while having the visual elements of Star Wars, will be a wishy-washy pastiche of familiar tropes lacking any substantive emotional connection with the original trilogy, for fear of misstepping one way or another on the expectations of Star Wars fans.”

      Darn it, now that I wrote that I hope it isn’t true.

      • GunzOfNavarone

        You’ve read too much Goldberg my friend, if I may, I think a detox is in order.

      • kps

        Another day, another inane bit of Star Wars ‘news’. This time it comes in the form of a picture of R2-D2, surrounded by a bunch of talentless hacks.This probably confirms R2-D2 will be in the upcoming movie, but anyone with half a brain already knew that. I guess every morsel counts when feeding the fan boys out there. I was personally never a fan of R2-D2 or movies in the first place, so this news doesn’t excite me in the slightest. Here’s hoping I can fast forward to 2016 so I don’t have to put up with any more Star Wars talk.

  • the truth

    JJ abrams is a fucking hack!

    I can not see r2-d2, all I see is some jews dumb ass ugly huge nose!

    • dr jizz

      oh snap!

    • BigJimSlade

      Don’t mention his nose if you aren’t going to point out it looks a lot like a penis.

  • The Flobbit

    And this picture TOTALLY shows they’re not standing around doing nothing.

    • seamus

      You are an idiot! They are TOTALLY NOT DOING ANYTHING, doomed movie from the f’ing start.

      flobbit- more like flop it, hack like jj.

      Wow flobbit is in denial.

      • The Flobbit

        Seamus, please look up sarcasm in any major dictionary. On second thought, don’t, and live in your little dream world. It’s safer that way.

  • eternalozzie

    I really hope they don’t inject R2-D2 and Threepio to these films … they’ve had their day and I am over them.

  • BigJimSlade

    Well, if it’s a real R2 it must be the non-jet-pack-equipped version.

    Thank the gods.
    If he flies in the new ones I’m throwing my feces at the screen.

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  • Darkwing Duck

    Look at jj…….he looks so pathetic, just as pathetic this lame attempt at a star wars movie if going to be.

  • lester

    ughh, enough with this shit. This has epic fail written all over it.

    • Um, Sure

      Much like your birth certificate.

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  • sashwan

    The rumors are true then.

    JJ is an official asshole. He is causing trouble with the production team and is going to make a mess cause star wars to go down the toilet.

    Kathleen Kennedy wants to take time with making this movie, and yet JJ wants to hurry up and agree with everything Disney says and kiss Disney’s ass so he can keep getting jobs as a hack director and so on.

    Movie is screwed and doomed, ever since the beginning.

    JJ is a ass.

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