As production comes to an end on the filming of Star Wars Episode IX, two characters have signed off in the past week. Their scenes completed for the upcoming finale instalment of the Skywalker Saga. Those characters are: BB-8 & C-3PO.
Both droids, loved my millions of fans. And for some, the first characters we saw in a Star Wars movie. C-3PO walking down the corridors of the Tantive IV with his trusted friend R2-D2 whilst being attacked by the Empire in Episode IV: A New Hope back in 1977. Then 38 years later a new generation of fans were introduced to the now iconic BB-8 as he rolled on screen in 2015’s Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Instantly becoming a fan favourite to fans young and old alike. Feels like an end of an era.
Puppeteer Brian Herring, who has performed BB-8 on set in a green jumpsuit for all three instalments of the Sequel Trilogy took to Twitter, announcing that BB-8 had wrapped up all his scenes on the upcoming film, thanking the cast and crew, along with Director J.J. Abrams and LucasFilm President Kathleen Kennedy for the time of his life:
Today was a wrap on BB-8. The last 5 years have been an amazing ride. Thanks to @jjabrams, Kathleen, Neal, #teamBB8 especially Dave and the entire cast & crew for the time of my life. Few people get to live the dream. Thank you. #StarWars #IX #puppeteer #BB8 #StarWarsEpisodeIX pic.twitter.com/Oxa8n1oHu2
— Brian Herring (@BrianHezza) February 1, 2019
Less than a week prior, veteran Star Wars actor Anthony Daniels announced his final day on set, thanking J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy along with the cast and crew. Tweeting that he’ll be missing everyone, but is happy knowing they’ve made something exceptional together:
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
Anthony Daniels has portrayed the character of C-3PO in every Episode of the Skywalker Saga, through Episode’s I through IX. Including a small cameo in Star Wars’ first Anthology film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. That’s forty-two years of C-3PO. And not just in film, but also in games, cartoons and radio.
To top that, Daniels is the only actor to have appeared in every single Star Wars film. While he didn’t portray C-3PO in last year’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, Daniels did make a blink and you miss it cameo as one of the escapees from the spice mines of Kessel.
As one door closes another must open. It may feel like the end of an era with the Skywalker Saga coming to a close. But as we know Star Wars will still be continuing, a new era of films, separate from what we know. With brand new characters, locations and adventures awaiting. It’s a good bet that we haven’t seen the last of Anthony Daniels appearing in another Star Wars movie just yet. And Star Wars always needs puppeteers, so Brian Herring may find work in future films.
Star Wars Episode IX will be hitting theatres later this year on December 20th, 2019.
Written by: Connor Heggie