The Starring Role That Never Was: Why R2-D2 Wasn’t In ‘The LEGO Movie’

By November 17, 2014

Remember when the beloved Millennium Falcon made a dramatic appearance in this year’s hit film, The LEGO Movie? Remember how inside said Falcon was Han Solo (duh), previous owner and longtime pal Lando Calrissian, Chewbacca, and C-3PO? Most fans noticed there was one little reindeer missing from the ship – and now directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller explain why.

In an interview with Yahoo!, the gents said that not only was R2-D2 written into the film, but the space age Swiss Army knife on wheels was supposed to have a starring role as a “Batman-level character,” and they wrote the script as such (thinking it wouldn’t be that big of a problem as they “figured we could get R2-D2 because his voice wasn’t a human being”).


But in came Disney…and then there was a problem. But I’ll let Chris Miller tell you why:

A kid doesn’t have lawyers that won’t allow the toys to play together. Part of the appeal for us was that Roger Rabbit thing that you can get these characters together that you couldn’t get in any other type of movie. Watching my own son play, he does put Batman on the Millennium Falcon and there’s no-one saying they take place in completely different times and galaxies.


But don’t feel too sad. I mean, we DID get a pretty fun cameo featuring the voices of Anthony Daniels and Billy Dee Williams alongside epicly epic voiceover guy extraordinaire, Keith Ferguson – he’s the guy who pretty much voices Han Solo whenever needed these days, including the “Robot Chicken Star Wars” specials, and “Gravity Falls” fans will recognize him as the voice of Deputy Durland.

And because I’m in a giving mood, here’s the scene from the movie!

Just tell yourself they blasted their way back out. I mean, they are LEGOs, for cryin’ out loud! Let’s just put one in the “win” column for the worm this time around.


He just looks so happy!

What cameos would you like to see pop in The LEGO Movie sequel?

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