While we're still waiting on official confirmation that Star Wars icons like Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, or Stardestroyer Controller #2 will be returning for Episode VII, Disney is at least confirming the return of one familiar sort-of-face. Per the official Star Wars blog, R2-D2 is in this thing, and this time he'll be built from the bountiful, long-unused sweat of fans. Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples of the robotics hobbyist group the R2-D2 Builders Club have reportedly been hired to construct the R2 units at the recommendation of Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, who spotted them at Star Wars Celebration Europe over the summer.
R2-D2's constant companion, C3P-O, remains unconfirmed. So for now, look forward to the aged R2 possibly being a sad, lonely widower, woefully booping and moping around the Millennium Falcon not knowing what to do with himself.