Lee Towersey was 7 years old when A New Hope was released and like most kids at the time, this film made a huge impression on his life as he grew up buying toys and playing Star Wars most days with his friends. Little did he know that 36 years later he would be making the R2D2s for the very same franchise!
Growing up and having model building as a hobby resulted in Lee building an R2D2 ‘for fun’ in 2007 which after a two year build in January 2009 Lee had completed his film accurate remote control R2D2. Not knowing what he would now do with this new ‘toy’ Lee started to attend charity events which eventually led to being recognized by Lucas Film. He has been to many promotional events in the UK including game launches, The Phantom Menace 3D Film Premier and an Electrical Store Christmas TV Advertising Campaign amongst others.
In the Summer of 2013 Lee was asked to attend a meeting at Pinewood Studios with Neal Scanlan and other members of the Production Team to discuss an offer they would like to make. This turned out to be an offer to build the R2D2s for the new run of Star Wars Movies. Within three months of having the meeting, Lee a fan who had never worked in the film industry before was a fulltime member of Staff working on The Force Awakens for Neal Scanlans Creature Effects Team and continues to work for Neal Scanlans CFX Team.
Currys Electrical Store TV Advertising Campaign, Star Wars Kinect Viral Advert & Press Launches, Star Wars The Old Republic PC Game Press Launches. All with his own R2D2.
The Force Awakens – Built: R2D2, Mouse Droids, R0-4LO, Toolbox Droid, Power Droids (Dressing). Plus Lee operated all of the Remote Control Droids he built whilst on set. The first ever promotional shot for TFA was ‘Hi! from the workshop’ featuring Kathleen Kennedy, JJ Abrams, Oliver Steeples, Lee Towersey & Lees personal R2D2. Lee was presented to the audience by Kathleen Kennedy & JJ Abrams at the opening ceremony of Celebration Anaheim in 2015.
Rogue One – Built: A new droid we’re not sure is going to appear in the film yet, plus…. New Black R2 called C2-B5. Operated: The new droid, C2-B5, Mouse Droids & other Astromechs.
Episode 8: Operated: R2D2, Mouse Droids & Sentry Droids.
Han Solo Movie: Built: Currently building droids for this film. Operating: TBA as filming hasn’t started yet!