As the release of Star Wars: Episode IX inches ever closer, one of the film’s most notable characters has wrapped production: the astromech droid BB-8.
“Today was a wrap on BB-8. The last 5 years have been an amazing ride.” puppeteer Brian Herring wrote on Twitter. “Few people get to live the dream. Thank you.” Herring also thanked various creatives involved with the new Star Wars trilogy and posted images of himself working BB-8.
Today was a wrap on BB-8. The last 5 years have been an amazing ride. Thanks to @jjabrams, Kathleen, Neal, #teamBB8 especially Dave and the entire cast & crew for the time of my life. Few people get to live the dream. Thank you. #StarWars #IX #puppeteer #BB8 #StarWarsEpisodeIX pic.twitter.com/Oxa8n1oHu2— Brian Herring (@BrianHezza) February 1, 2019
Debuting in 2015's Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, BB-8 is an astromech droid owned by Resistance pilot Poe Dameron. After Dameron is captured by The First Order, BB-8 is stranded on Jakku and eventually joins up with scavenger Rey.
It’s not yet known if this will be the final time fans see BB-8 or the other Star Wars characters who made their debuts in the newest trilogy. However, the as-yet-untitled Star Wars: Episode IX marks the final planned live-action appearance of BB-8.
Herring has worked as a droid and creature puppeteer on every Star Wars film since The Force Awakens. Herring has been a puppeteer since the late ’80s, first credited as working on satirical puppet show Spitting Image.
Despite reports to the contrary, director Rian Johnson remains attached to another upcoming Star Wars trilogy. There are currently few details available about that project. However, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed in 2018 that Disney would be slowing down the output of Star Wars films, which have been released annually since 2015.
Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: Episode IX stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Matt Smith, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film is scheduled to open on Dec. 20.