‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Features Anthony Daniels’ Final Performance As C-3PO

This week, Lucasfilm released the final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and fans have been busy dissecting it. With less than two months until its release, it won’t be long until we know how the Skywalker saga ends.

Although The Rise of Skywalker will not be the last Star Wars film Disney makes, it will be the final curtain call for many of the series’ mainstays. One such character we’ll be saying goodbye to is Anthony Daniels’ C-3PO.

Anthony Daniels | MARTIN BUREAU/AFP via Getty Images
Anthony Daniels | MARTIN BUREAU/AFP via Getty Images

One of the last original ‘Star Wars’ cast members

The Star Wars universe may span an entire galaxy, but Daniels has been there since the beginning. Along with Mark Hamill and the late Carrie Fisher, he is the only actor from Star Wars: A New Hope to play a major role in this final chapter. Four decades after first donning the golden-plated suit to play C-3PO, the actor continues to be a fixture of the franchise.

Director J.J. Abrams has said he is intent on bringing the nine-part story to a “cohesive” conclusion. So it stands to reason that Daniels’ persnickety droid would be present for the final stand against the First Order. In fact, he might have a more pivotal role than anyone realizes.

Will C-3PO be the next original trilogy character to die?

After only brief appearances in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, C-3PO will be far more integral to The Rise of Skywalker. One of the final trailer’s most memorable moments even centers on the droid’s “last look” at his friends. This has led many to speculate that C-3PO could perish in the film, as the characters face off against the returning Emperor Palpatine.

After all, both Han Solo and Luke Skywalker met their ends, respectively, in the last two films. Since Fisher’s passing means a smaller role for Leia, The Rise of Skywalker could pivot towards a grand farewell for C-3PO. Whatever his character is up to, Daniels is having a hard time keeping it to himself.

“You have no idea,” he recently told Vanity Fair. “It’s frustrating for you that I cannot tell you the complete truth; it’s frustrating for me as well because I’m dying to say.” If anything, Daniels’ enthusiasm is only getting us more excited for the film.

The end of a ‘Star Wars’ tradition?

Much has been said about how The Rise of Skywalker will mark the end of an era for Star Wars. Making the film Daniels’ swan song is certainly a way to do that. The actor hasn’t only appeared in every “episode” of the Skywalker saga but every Star Wars film ever made.

True, C-3PO doesn’t factor into Solo: A Star Wars Story at all. However, director Ron Howard still made room for Daniels to cameo as Tak, a Kessel miner. For decades, the actor has been something of a good luck charm for the series. So the thought of C-3PO’s “last look” bringing both the character and his portrayer’s time in Star Wars to an end is definitely bittersweet.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20. Tickets are on sale now.