C3PO rumoured for Star Wars return

C3PO, the droll droid of Star Wars fame, is shown with the character Luke Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill, in this undated handout photo. A four-day celebration at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute begins Monday, Oct. 11, 2004, with the second annual inductions into the school's Robot Hall of Fame. C3PO and Robby the Robot, from the 1956 cult flick "Forbidden Planet," are among the honorees. (AP Photo/Mandatory Credit: Copyright 2004 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved.)
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Everyone's favourite gilded droid could well be playing his part in the upcoming Star Wars flick.

In an interview with the British entertainment website Digital Spy, Anthony Daniels, who portrayed C3PO in all six previous movies, dropped some moderately explicit hints about a possible reprise for the role.

Ever since a seventh installment of the intergalactic blockbuster franchise was announced last year there's been plenty of conjecture from fans about which characters would be returning.

When asked by Digital Spy about his prospects of playing the camp robot in the film, he said: "It's all very early days and I don't want to wear anybody out by speculating or letting you waste your energy by saying 'What do you think?"

Then he added: "I'm certainly not sitting by the phone, but it's always nice when it rings. Do you know what I mean?"

Previously, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, who played Han Solo and Princess Leia, have implied they too would feature in Episode VII, before backtracking on any outright confirmation.

In a recent interview on the Late Show with David Letterman, Ford was somewhat coy in answering questions on the subject.