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Our First Look at Luke Skywalker from the Set of Star Wars EP 7

Before we get to our Master Jedi Luke Skywalker let's talk a bit about series veteran R2D2, who became the first character to be officially confirmed for the new Star Wars movie, Star Wars: Episode VII, way back in November.

Mark Hammil sporting his Obi-Wan Jedi Master beard.
The Obi-Wan beard.
Disney Studios

Disney confirmed that the little droid, who appeared in the very first scenes of 1977's Star Wars and has been seen in five subsequent live-action movies, would be returning for J.J. Abrams' flick. And now, we have the first official look at the little friend to all the heroes of the Star Wars Galaxy. Check him out, in the slideshow where you can find him in his shipping crate, as well as our first look at Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker:

Now remember, the highly anticipated Abrams movie has been on production hiatus due to Harrison Ford's injury and there's no hard proof that this is anything close to the final look we'll be seeing on the big screen. Still, I can't help but see a little Obi-Wan in that bears he is sporting.

Take a close look at the timeline on the open door or R2's crate. It reveals the different set locations and different movies that this particular droid was a part of... Kind of makes you wonder what other props and characters from the other films will show up on the screen.

Episode VII's R2D2 is looking good. But, do you remember the first time we saw him back in 1977? In all hos many forms we have been endeared to this little bucket of bolts for years now.

One of the most memorable elements of the original Star Wars in 1977 has got to be the set design and the sheer ingenuity that the fledgling ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) had to use to give us the final look that amazed us all the first time around. In 1977 nobody used Motion Capture, ILM had to think it up, the trench run was created using hundreds of model pieces and shot in the parking lot atop ping pong tables. The innovations in effects and storytelling through visual effects goes on and on, but as I like to all started with some droids. Who is looking forward to seeing R2 and the as yet unseen C3PO?

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