J.J. Abrams Posts First Behind-The-Scenes Episode VII Pic

Featuring a familiar... face?

Were you really expecting writer / producer/ director J.J. Abrams’ first pic to give away something juicy? Seriously, given the man’s history of mystery, we’re surprised we’re seeing anything from Star Wars: Episode VII this early. Yet here, via the Bad Robot Twitter feed, is the first glimpse behind the scenes of the new film, featuring a visit from an old friend. And it’s not Harrison Ford.

Hardy franchise perennial R2-D2 who, along with fellow droid C-3PO has appeared in all six of the Star Wars films to date, seems set to show his… face… front plate… whatever In Episode VI**I. Of course, this could just be Abrams hosting one of the Star Wars** universe’s most beloved icons, but we’d guess the presence of the little Astromech miracle worker means he’s likely to crop up. It would surely be rude not to have him. Presumably just off camera? Threepio worrying about something.

Abrams is, of course, deep in pre-production, co-writing (with Lawrence Kasdan) and casting the new film, which was recently handed a December 18, 2015 release date.