Star Wars' R2-D2 is probably one of the most recognized and charming robots in the world, but a new fan film shows that even though he helped save a galaxy far, far away, he's still unlucky in love.
This fan film shows R2-D2 falling in love with a mailbox (note the pink ribbon she sports), but he finds that she is more interested in a darker (or dare we say Darth) robot.
Yes, this is a story of a girl going for the bad boy, or bad robot, in this case, and the good guy, or good robot, getting his heart broken.
Fortunately, poor little R2-D2 finally finds love later on in this film, so at least it's got a happy ending.
Artoo in Love recently premiered at the Sonoma Film Festival. The film's writer and director Evan Atherton, has received great response from the short film so far.
"People have definitely been having real emotional reactions to it," says Atherton. "I think that stems from what always made Artoo special: He was more than just a machine. So seeing that play out, and seeing Artoo really sad, tugs on some childhood heartstrings."
The film took two years to create, and some of those special effects actually came from Lucasfilm, the company behind Star Wars. Landis Fields, an effects artist for the company, took a break from working on Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, to do the CGI for Artoo in Love. Specifically, check out the scene where R2-D2 protects his beloved mailbox from the CGI rain.
Can we get an "Awwwwww?"
However, it could be the story behind the R2-D2 unit that will bring tears to your eyes. It's the robot the R2 Builders Club built for a Star Wars fan dying of childhood cancer.
Although R2-D2 believes that the mailbox is the droid he's looking for (see what we did there?), it turns out that his real soulmate is a pink R2-D2 unit, who he meets at the end.
Hopefully, we'll see more of R2-D2 in his home far, far away galaxy soon, when the highly-anticipated Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens arrives this year in theaters on December 18.
[Photo Credit: Evan Atherton]