Production on Star Wars: Episode IX is winding down as we speak, with some of the major players wrapping their parts completely. Anthony Daniels, who has been under the golden suit as the robotic C-3PO since Star Wars first debuted in 1977, recently took to Twitter to announce his days on director J.J. Abrams‘ trilogy-capper are officially finito.
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 J.J. & Kathy. I’ll miss everyone but I’m glad to know that we’ve been making something exceptional together, to share with the waiting world.
— Anthony Daniels (@ADaniels3PO) January 28, 2019
Star Wars: Episode IX doesn’t hit theaters until December 20, but woo boy is the lead-up to that one going to be immensely interesting. The reception to Rian Johnson‘s The Last Jedi essentially split an entire fandom in two like Laura Dern behind the wheel of a spaceship. Some came away thinking Johnson’s entry was a smart, nuanced take on the idea of mythology itself, while others found themselves in the camp that believes both Johnson and Kathleen Kennedy are actual hellspawn sent by Satan to destroy their childhood. (Plenty just either disliked or liked the film, I see you.)
Either way, Episode IX will put a cap on a Skywalker story that’s been going on for decades. The Last Jedi left off with our main crew—Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac—alive but battered and on the run from Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order. It’ll be interesting to see how Abrams, never one to just, like, tell a story in a normal fashion, re-takes the reins he gave up after The Force Awakens. Plus, given Daniels’ Tweet, I wonder if they gave C-3PO another other to do than show up and be like, “Oh, bother.”
For more on Star Wars: Episode IX, check out the links below:
- ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Will Pick Up a Year After ‘The Last Jedi’
- Mark Hamill on His Role in ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ and the Super Secret Red Pages
- Oscar Isaac Says Shooting ‘Star Wars 9’ Is Looser Than the Previous Films; Talks Leia’s Presence
- ‘Star Wars 9’ Adds Matt Smith In Key Role
- Carrie Fisher Will Appear in ‘Star Wars 9’ through Unused ‘Force Awakens’ Footage