Okay, so it was a no-brainer that the iconic astromech droid would probably not be left out of the sequel Star Wars trilogy. J. J. Abrams, whom Disney has put at the helm of the next three Star Wars flicks, is known for pandering to fans.
But, I did also include R2D2 in my take on how Abrams might scramble Lucas’s universe, based on his ethnicity-flipping, plot-reversing, lens-flaring, fan-servicing reboot of the Star Trek series. So, I’m taking credit for that. *shrug*