‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ – C3PO won’t be CGI says droid actor Anthony Daniels

Leaked set picture shows Adam Driver in an X-Wing pilot's uniform

Anthony Daniels has confirmed his droid character C3PO will appear in Star Wars: Episode VII without the use of CGI trickery in the action scenes.

Meanwhile, a set picture has been leaked that shows Adam Driver wearing an X-Wing fighter pilot’s uniform.

Speaking about his return to the role of C3PO, Anthony Daniels told Entertainment Weekly: “There’s no way I would just do the voice.”

The actor appeared in the original George Lucas trilogy but said it was “awful” being replaced by CGI for action scenes in the prequels. He maintains that the timing of his movements could never be the same with someone pretending to be him using a keyboard and computer.

Daniels revealed he will wear a new suit to play the droid and added, “I will tell you that when JJ Abrams rang me to ask about filming Episode VII, one of the first things he said after he told me how wonderful I was – and that didn’t take long – but he then said, ‘Would you be interested in being in the film just doing the voice?’ I said, ‘No.’ And he said, ‘Right!’ He knew I’d say that.”

Various reports had previously suggested that Girls star Adam Driver would play a villain. But the set photo of the actor published on twitter, dressed in what appears to be the uniform of an X-Wing fighter pilot, could mean that he hasn’t joined the dark side of the force.

Last week, a flying school in Berkshire captured images of the Millennium Falcon and an X-Wing while gliding over Greenham Common.

The film takes place 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jedi. Plot details were leaked online last month which suggest the film will focus on the search for missing Jedi Master Luke Skywalker against the backdrop of the threat posed by a weapon of mass destruction.

Alongside the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, JJ Abrams has also cast Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac and British actress Christina Chong.

Star Wars: Episode VII will hit cinemas December 2015.