It's a good time to be a Star Wars fan. In addition to J.J. Abrams managing to reboot the franchise and jump starting a new trio of main films, Disney will also be releasing spinoff movies, resulting in a new Star Wars flick coming to us every December until basically the end of time. The first of these is Rogue One: A Star Wars story, which tells the tale of the rebels who attempt to steal the plans for the original Death Star prior to the events of A New Hope. In addition to the new cast of human characters, we'll also be introduced to a brand new droid who will presumably be stealing scenes throughout Rogue One's runtime. But what exactly can we expect from the new droid on the block?
This ain't no C-3PO we're talking about. Rather than being focused on protocol and politeness, K-2 is going to have some serious sass about him. This is actually quite the exciting change for the Star Wars universe.
Droids have always been an integral and fan favorite aspect of Star Wars movies. Fans of the original films absolutely loved the bumbling C-3PO and scrappy R2-D2 during their adventures through a galaxy far, far away. Their relationship is a classic rebel and worrywart situation; R2 gets involved in shenanigans in an attempt to help a human character and 3PO somehow managed to get dragged through the adventure as well. Then there's The Force Awakens which introduced us to the thoroughly adorable BB-8. Like its predecessor, it gets into various adventures and manages to throw some shade at the characters despite only being able to communicate through beeps and other robotic noises.
Even though we've seen plenty of sass come from R2-D2 and BB-8 in the past, they haven't been verbal. But with Alan Tudyk voicing K-2SO in Rogue One, we're about to get a whole different level of droid retorts. He'll be able to actually tell the rebels what he thinks of them; and considering how it's a motley crew we're talking about, it's probably going to make for a ton of comedic moments in the film.
Personally, I'm excited to have another droid enter the mix with Rogue One. I really loved BB-8 in The Force Awakens, so if they're using a similar sensibility but with actual dialogue, I'm sure K-2 is going to be one of the fan favorite characters in the spinoff.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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