Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Will Feature Paul Reubens in a Big Role

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Disney revealed several details about the upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge theme park at Star Wars Celebration Chicago this weekend.

The interactive park will contain numerous iconic features of the Star Wars universe, including the cantina, which will be operated by droid DJ-R3X, whose voice will be provided by veteran actor and comedian Paul Reubens.

Best known for his role as Peewee Herman, Reubens joined the Star Wars universe back in 1987, voicing RX-24 on Disney's Star Tours rides. RX-24, after having taken a job as a DJ, was renamed R-3x, now DJ-R3X at the Galaxy's Edge parks.

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Disney's Chris Beatty provided some back story as to how R3X ends up tending bar in a cantina, calling the droid "the star of the show" at the bar. According to Beatty, "basically R3X flunked his way out of Star Tours. In the battle of Jaku, in a very epic chase, he crash-landed on Batu... where he's repaired and turned into a DJ for the cantina."

In addition to Reubens' DJing droid, the cantina will feature music from Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes, and legendary Star Wars composer John Williams is contributing new music to the Galaxy's Edge experience.

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Although mainly a character associated with the theme parks, R3X has appeared in the Star Wars: Rebels series, in the episode "Droids in Distress." Reubens also provided the android's voice in the episode, 27 years after having first voiced the character. With R3X's new job at the Disney theme parks, Reubens looks set to continue to be a fixture in a galaxy far, far away.

The Galaxy's Edge theme parks will be featured in both Disneyland and Disney World. The attraction will open May 31st at Anaheim's Disneyland, with Disney World's version opening August 29th.

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