Though Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still months away from release, fans may have inadvertently gotten their first glimpse of C-3PO, who will apparently look somewhat different in the new film, set 30 years after the original Star Wars trilogy.
Despite two trailers having already been released for the next Star Wars film, as the Inquisitr previously reported, many of the iconic characters that will be returning have yet to make an appearance. In the case of C-3PO, that may be because the golden protocol droid seems to have undergone a change since Return Of The Jedi.
As Attack Of The Fanboy notes, Star Wars fans’ first alleged look at C-3PO in the new film reportedly comes from The Force Awakens‘ marketing program. Earlier this week, a Twitter user named Marc Zachacki sent out an image of a soda can purportedly sold in Mexico that appears to tie in with the new Star Wars film. The can was adorned with images of R2-D2, BB-8 (The Force Awakens‘ new droid), and C-3PO. In the image, 3PO can be seen sporting a large, red left arm that stands out against his otherwise golden body.
The image of C-3PO’s red arm has already stirred much speculation among fans. It is important to note that there has been no independent verification that the can is indeed legitimate, as The HD Room points out. The marketing campaign for Star Wars: The Force Awakens officially kicks off in earnest on September 4, so the veracity of this claim will likely be settled by then. While it is also possible that the can is simply misprinted, Jedi News leaked grainy images of promotional products several weeks ago that also seemed to depict C-3PO with a new, red left arm.
Recently, it was revealed that C-3PO won’t just be returning for the new trilogy of movies, but also for the game Star Wars: Battlefront. As Gamezone reports, the character will be voiced by Anthony Daniels, the actor who first brought him to life in the original Star Wars trilogy, and is doing so again in The Force Awakens.
Whether the image turns out to be genuine or not, fans have just a few months to wait before Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters, bringing C-3PO and the rest of the Star Wars cast back to the screen.
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