Episode III will further connect the STAR WARS saga, bridging the prequel trilogy to the original trilogy bringing back familiar faces and places in the new STAR WARS film, which is currently in pre-production. Reprising their classic roles from the original trilogy are actors Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca the Wookiee, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and Kenny Baker as R2-D2.
Mayhew said, "I think his re-appearance in this film is a fitting way to tie the whole saga together, especially for Wookiee fans." Daniels has played See-Threepio in all of the STAR WARS movies. In the original trilogy, he squeezed into the tight confines of the golden suit to play the prim and proper protocol droid. For Episode I, he leant his vocal talents for an incomplete puppet version. In Episode II, he returned to the costume. Though the role of R2-D2 has become increasingly automated, it's been a STAR WARS tradition to include Kenny Baker as the droid at some point in the movie. Having Baker inside the suit has brought "an element of humanity" to the classic character director George Lucas has said.