We're in the midst of a Star Wars renaissance. With Disney now leading the franchise, we can expect one new Star Wars movie every December for the foreseeable future. And in addition to the main chapters following Luke, Rey, and Chewie, we'll also be treated to standalone movies that will introduce us to more exciting characters and further flesh out the galaxy far, far away. The first of these spinoffs is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which will bridge the gap between A New Hope and the prequel trilogy. Most of the characters are brand new, so who will be the breakout star? We may have an idea.
Rogue One's director Gareth Edwards recently spoke to Disney Rewards about what to expect from the franchise's first spinoff. The conversation eventually turned to Alan Tudyk's droid character K-2SO, who is apparently the scene stealer of the movie. Edwards said the following:
Really, who doesn't love a good droid?
It has been stated quite a few times that Alan Tudyk's K-2SO would serve as the main comic relief of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Much of this isdue to the juxtaposition in the droid's programming. K-2 is actually an Imperial enforcer droid who was captured and reprogrammed by Diego Luna's Cassian Andor. But because he's originally supposed to hate and kill Rebels, he ends up being a sassy presence with no filter as to the motley crew's slim chance of winning. He definitely wouldn't get along well with Han Solo, because we all know he doesn't like to know the odds. Ever.
It's pretty interesting to think about how K-2SO was brought to life on the silver screen. Rather than completely CGI, Firefly actor Alan Tudyk actually did motion capture work on set with the other actors. He wore the weird jumpsuit, and actually acted with the rest of the starring cast. This will surely add a level of chemistry and realness to the role, as well as the performances given by actors who share the screen with K-2.
If you're chomping at the bit to see Alan Tudyk's role on the silver screen, fear not. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will fly into theaters on December 16th, 2016. And much like R2-D2, BB-8, and C-3PO, the newest droid is likely going to steal the heart of audiences.