R2-D2 confirmed for JJ Abrams' Star Wars VII, UK fans to build new version

LucasFilm and Disney have confirmed that R2-D2 will return for the next Star Wars movie, to be directed by JJ Abrams.

The pint-sized robot will appear in Star Wars: Episode VII and the new version will be built by two men in the UK who are part of a fan-based Star Wars robot-building group.

Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples were approached by bosses after their work was spotted at a covention in Germany. They have previously worked on Star Wars-themed commercials.

"It's a dream come true," said Steeples. "I hope I can live up to the expectations of the thousands of R2-D2 builders around the world, let alone the millions of Star Wars fans."

Although R2-D2 is returning, it is yet to be officially confirmed if he is being joined by C3PO. However, Anthony Daniels has hinted that he will be reprising the role he played in all six of the films so far.

"Yes, I am the only actor to be in all seven," he said during a spotlight panel at the New York Comic Con in October, before catching himself and adding a correction. "Six! Whatever."