Actor Jimmy Vee will be taking over the role of R2-D2 following the death of Kenny Baker, who had been synonymous since the droid's screen debut in 1977. The announcement came via the Oh So Small talent agency's social media accounts.
Oh So Small made the following post on their Facebook page on February 13th.
"In 2014, we began to assist Disney & LucasFilm with the casting of various actors & creature performers in the Star Wars franchise. Three years later, we're thrilled to announce that 'OhSoSmall' actor Jimmy Vee is the new R2-D2!"
The following press release was published on the