Why Star Wars' R2-D2 almost was in The LEGO Movie - but wasn't

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Nov 21, 2014, 6:41 PM EST (Updated)

Han Solo, C-3PO and Lando Calrissian (as well as the Millennium Falcon) all had a part in The LEGO Movie. But did you know that R2-D2 -- who ultimately never made it in -- was actually meant to have a big role?

That’s what creators Phil Ford and Chris Miller recently revealed. In an interview with Yahoo!, Lord and Miller said that they’d written a major role for everyone’s favorite Star Wars Astromech droid in the first draft of the film, but that they weren’t able to obtain the rights from Disney.

“He was a Batman-level character,” Miller said. As you guys may know, there was quite a bit of awesome Batman/Bruce Wayne (voiced by Will Arnett) screen time in the film. He was a Master Builder, and Wyldstyle's (Elizabeth Banks) boyfriend, who helped Emmet (Chris Pratt) on his quest.

Lord added: “We figured we could get R2-D2 because his voice wasn’t a human being.”

When Miller and Lord started working on The LEGO Movie script, the two weren't actually concerned with which studios owned which characters. Their aim was to bring characters from various studios into one movie a la Who Framed Roger Rabbit. However, they unfortunately hit a bit of a copyright snag with R2-D2 ...

Miller explained, “A kid doesn’t have lawyers that won’t allow the toys to play together.”

Here you go. That's why we had no R2-D2 in The LEGO Movie. At least we'll get to see the little bugger droid in the next Star Wars flick. Everything is awesome, right?

(via Comic Book Movie)

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