C-3PO, Star Wars

Casting: Anthony Daniels completes work on Episode IX; Taissa Farmiga and more join Jordan Peele's Twilight Zone

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Jan 28, 2019

Has Anthony Daniels provided the soothing if somewhat fussy voice of C-3PO for the last time in a Star Wars feature film?

The British actor tweeted on Monday (Jan. 28) that he had completed his work as the golden-hued android on Star Wars: Episode IX, writing, "Today was 3PO's last on Episode IX He's sad - so am I. But we're so proud to have worked with such a lovely, talented cast & crew lead by J.J. (Abrams) & Kathy (Kennedy). I'll miss everyone but I'm glad to know that we've been making something exceptional together, to share with the waiting world."

What's not clear from his post is whether Daniels is saying goodbye to C-3PO for good. He is the only actor to appear in all nine chapters of the primary Star Wars series, starting in 1977 with A New Hope.

Since we don't know yet whether Episode IX, as largely believed, will bring the Skywalker saga to a definitive close, it's too early to say whether the movie will be the swan song for the remaining original characters, including 3PO.

Directed by J.J. Abrams, Episode IX is slated to open on Dec. 20, 2019, and will also star Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell, plus Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, and, in previously unseen footage from The Force Awakens, the late Carrie Fisher.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)


Taissa Farmiga

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The upcoming reboot of The Twilight Zone being spearheaded by Jordan Peele (Us) has just added several more actors to its growing ensemble. According to The Wrap, American Horror Story regular and The Nun star Taissa Farmiga will turn up on an episode of the anthology series, along with Ike Barinholtz (Suicide Squad), Luke Kirby (Glass), Rhea Seehorn, and Percy Hynes-White (The Gifted).

No further details about the segment they're appearing in, including plot and character details, have been revealed, which has been standard operating procedure for the show at this point. All we know for sure is that the rest of the series' cast includes DeWanda Wise, Jessica Williams, Steven Yeun, Greg Kinnear, John Cho, Allison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, Sanaa Lathan, Adam Scott, and Kumail Nanjiani.

Peele will take the Rod Serling role on the reboot, as narrator and executive producer of the program. There is no premiere date yet for the series, but it will make its debut on CBS All Access rather than the CBS mothership broadcast network.

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