Star Wars: The Last Jedi casts Doctor Who actor Jimmy Vee as R2-D2

Well alrighty then

After almost a year of wondering who would reprise the role of R2-D2 after Kenny Baker passed away, Lucasfilm has announced his replacement.

Jimmy Vee, known for his many roles in Doctor Who, has been cast as the new droid and will make his debut in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Vee himself commented on the role by saying

"It's been an absolute pleasure to have worked alongside the legendary Kenny Baker. Kenny was a fantastic actor and taught me all the 'tricks' on how he brought R2-D2 to life which I will continue to portray in his honour. I'm so excited to be a part of the Star Wars universe and can't wait for everyone to see what we've been working so hard on for the last year

Both his agency and Lucasfilm confirmed the role yesterday, and that leaves only one question for the remainder of the Star Wars saga: What about Princess Leia? Her role is complete for The Last Jedi, but episode 9 remains a mystery now that she passed away. We'll have to wait and see for now, but let us know what you think of the new R2-D2 below.