R2-D2, though he never speaks a word, is one of the most recognizable Star Wars characters there is. Fans were saddened when Jimmy Vee, the current Artoo actor, finished filming for Star Wars: Episode IX. Why? That likely means the end of Artoo on film. And let’s face it; the diminutive astromech droid could very well be one of the most important characters in the franchise. But could he represent one of the biggest problems with the franchise as well?
Artoo and Threepio (C-3PO) are the first two characters we meet in Star Wars. Princess Leia gives R2-D2 the mission to deliver the Death Star plans and, well, the rest is history. Artoo would continue on all the way through to the upcoming Episode IX, but it’s what happened before A New Hope that raises questions, and issues.