After playing a major role in every ‘Star Wars’ movie, C-3PO has been sort of sidelined in the revival trilogy. But the man who has played Threepio for four decades, Anthony Daniels, says that the prissy protocol droid get his redemption in the ninth and final entry, ‘The Rise of Skywalker’. So far in various clips, we’ve seen him with glowing red eyes (which has given some visions of Spider-Man in Instant Kill Mode). While we’re on the topic of eyes, there is also a puzzling clip of C-3PO saying that he was taking “one last look” at his friends.
Speaking to Empire (appropriately enough), Daniels teased:
“In The Last Jedi I became a table decoration, which I regretted, because Threepio was worth more than that. But he does all sorts of weird stuff in this one. It was a delight, a joy! I get to go out on a high. This is my third ending and I think I’ll be saddest about this one. Return Of The Jedi was… well, it had the Ewoks in it, for God’s sake!”
Who knew C-3PO was programmed to throw shade?
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But we might be getting an Ellen Ripley-style “Get away from her, you bitch!” moment for the normally passive droid, judging by his Black Label action figure. He comes with a miniature of new alien, Babu Frik, but what is most striking is that Threepio is wearing Chewbacca’s bandolier and brandishing his bowcaster.
What does THAT mean? Most importantly, what happens to Chewie that requires Threepio to take up his weaponry? Let’s hope this isn’t a case of Threepio having to avenge his fallen friend!
Well, we have less than a month to go before all the questions will be answered.
‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ was directed by J.J. Abrams with a script he co-wrote with Chris Terrio. It stars Naomi Ackie as Jannah, John Boyega as Finn, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa (archival footage), Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Richard E. Grant as Allegiant General Pryde, Greg Grunberg as Snap Wexley, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker (Force Ghost), Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Billie Lourd as Lieutenant Connix, Ian McDiarmid as Emperor Palpatine, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Daisy Ridley as Rey, Keri Russell as Zarii Bliss, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Jimmy Vee as R2-D2, Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, and Dave Chapman and Brian Herring as BB-8.
The film opens on December 20.