Star Wars: Recasting the original and prequel trilogies for the 2020s

Brie Larson/Will Smith/Tom Holland. Composite: Dork Side of the Force.
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John Mulaney Star Wars
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 30: John Mulaney performs onstage at NRDC’s “Night of Comedy” Benefit, in partnership with Discovery, Inc. hosted by Seth Meyers on April 30, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images for NRDC) /

12. John Mulaney as C-3PO

Anthony Daniels is like many of the original trilogy actors in that he had experience in theater and radio, but was a relative newcomer to the screen when he was cast as C-3PO in Star Wars. Despite not being a science fiction fan before taking the role, he took direction from George Lucas and rewatched 2001: A Space Odyssey to study the voice of HAL 9000 in order to prepare for his role as C-3PO.

Since taking on the role in 1977, Anthony Daniels has become the only original actor to have appeared or voiced his character in every theatrical film and canon animated television series. Only a few games and miscellaneous cameo appearances of the character in animated shows outside of the Star Wars universe have had someone other than Daniels voice C-3PO.

For an actor today to try and take on the mantle of C-3PO, it would have to be someone undeniably unique with powerful comedic timing. John Mulaney has delivered hit stand-up comedy specials with New in Town, The Comeback Kid, and the Emmy Award-winning Kid Gorgeous, but that’s far from his only accolade.

Mulaney was also part of the writing team for Saturday Night Live, voiced Andrew Glouberman in Big Mouth, and lent his voice to Peter Porker aka Spider-Ham in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Anyone who has listened to Mulaney’s work knows what he could bring as a fascinating recast of C-3PO.