We’ve previously reported that our old pal, and Lando’s Millennium Falcon co-pilot in Return of the Jedi — Nien Nunb — would return for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but today we have confirmation from the actor himself, via his Facebook page:
If you don’t remember who Nien Nunb is, then shame on you, but here’s a quick refresher course. Nien is a Sullustan smuggler who grew up in the caves of Sullus. Later in life, he worked for the SoroSuub Corporation as a smuggler, and it was during one of his smuggling flights, that he befriended Lando Calrissian. It was with Calrissian that he would co-pilot the Millennium Falcon during the Battle for Endor. In the old Star Wars canon, Nien Nunb went on to become the administrator of the Kessel spice mines, and sporadically worked with the New Republic and its successor, the Galactic Alliance, however, it looks like that has been thrown out the window, and out little buddy is now a Resistance fighter pilot.
Mike Quinn joins Tim Rose as returning puppeteer actors to the Star Wars franchise, as Rose is reprising his role as Admiral Ackbar in The Force Awakens. According to Quinn’s Facebook page, the actor also was the voice role for Ten Nunb in a series of cutscenes titled The Lost Rebels:
"“Many of you might not have seen my cut scenes as Ten Nunb piloting the B-Wing. Here is a small part of them, using my original voice. This is pretty well what I sounded like in the Falcon scenes before Ben Burtt created the final voice. “"
This is especially neat, and is something I’ve not seen before. Hopefully we will be able to see more of our old pal Nien Nunb in Star Wars: The Force Awakens when it hits theaters on December 18.
H/T – Making Star Wars