One of the Star WarsMost famous droids received their own professional-quality portrait.
Created by artist Arthur Gain and shared on Twitter, the oil painting is a colorful, detailed portrait of the iconic Star Wars character, C-3PO. Gain, a portrait artist based in Barcelona, Spain, also has a variety of detailed portraits featuring characters from movies and television shows such as The Witcher† Under the spell of the Ring and The Matrix, among other things. C-3PO was first played by Anthony Daniels in 1977 Star Wars: A New Hope† Daniels was going to play the droid over eleven others Star Wars movies. Measuring 5’x7″, the portrait is painted with oil on a copper panel.
Daniels’ most recent appearance as a protocol droid was in the third film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, 2019’s The Rise of Skywalker, in which his memory is erased and then restored by his companion, R2-D2. Originally built by Anakin Skywalker, C-3PO is an iconic character in the Star Wars franchise, and has appeared in every Star Wars movie so far, with the exception of Solo: A Star Wars Story in 2018. Daniels has also voiced the character in several animation projects, including the 80s cartoon Star Wars: Droids2003’s Star Wars: Clone Wars mini series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars† Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars Resistanceamong other things.
A Droid Story
While it’s unclear where Threepio will appear next in the Star Wars franchise, Daniels teased that he was involved in a new project for Lucasfilm that would feature the protocol droid. In January, the actor shared a photo of himself in a motion-capture suit, captioning it: “Finally, a new suit – that fits!” While he didn’t name the project he was working on at the time, it was announced in December 2020 that Lucasfilm Animation and Industrial Light & Magic were working on an animated film titled Star Wars: A Droid Story†
“As Lucasfilm continues to develop new stories, the intersection of animation and visual effects opens up new avenues to explore,” according to the official description for A Droid Story read. “Lucasfilm Animation is teaming up with Lucasfilm’s visual effects team, Industrial Light & Magic, to create a special… Star Wars adventure for Disney+, A Droid Story† This epic journey will introduce us to a new hero, led by the legendary duo R2-D2 and C-3PO.”
While a release date for A Droid Story hasn’t been announced yet, other upcoming animation projects from Lucasfilm include: Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi† Star Wars: Visions and a second season of The Bad Party† Announced by Lucasfilm during Star Wars Celebration 2022, Stories of the Jedi will consist of six animated shorts, with each story focusing on a prequel-era Jedi. The second season of Visions is reportedly in development and expected to be released sometime in 2022.