r2d2 and friends

It looks like the Disney-Lucas team over at Star Wars Episode VII is thinking a bit out of the box when it comes to how they plan on putting their special effects together this time around – but in a good way.  There was a pic going around (see above) a while back featuring Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and a couple of other guys hanging out with R2-D2.  Well, as it turns out, it looks like those other guys are the ones who built that droid.  It also turns out that they’re just a couple of fanboys that got noticed for their droid-building skills.

Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples are the gents in question, a couple of regular Joes from a fan organization known as the R2-D2 Builders Club.  Apparently their skills are so crazy that the Star Wars team took notice and hired them on to help with Episode VII.  Dream come true or what?

According to Steeples:

“It all started when Kathleen Kennedy toured the R2-D2 Builders area at Celebration Europe this past summer in Germany. She posed for pictures with us, looked at all the droids we’d built and was very complimentary. I mentioned that the R2-D2 Builders in the UK were available if required, as a semi-joke. When I was contacted to work on the film by [executive producer] Jason McGatlin, it was on her recommendation.”

And according to Towersey:

“We know the pressures of filming, prepping, and being able to assure reliability throughout the shoot. We have a good knowledge of Artoo, with a large stock of parts for reference and drawings, plus we know what is involved throughout the whole building process, as well as potential problems we need to avoid.”

Well, shit yeah.  Talk about turning a hobby into a career.  I’d have to argue that these two are some of the luckiest bastards on the face of the planet, though all their hard work makes it well deserved.


Thanks to ComingSoon for the heads-up.

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