Nerdy Fact #1881: In the original ending of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, BB-8 was supposed to join Rey and Chewbacca on their journey to find Luke Skywalker. Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson asked J.J. Abrams if R2-D2 could join them instead so BB-8 could remain with Poe Dameron, establishing where the characters would start in the film’s sequel.
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