How Star Wars: The Last Jedi's Evil Droid Will Interact With BB-8
Many of fiction's greatest heroes have arch-nemeses, and soon, popular Star Wars droid BB-8 will have his own adversary to deal with. Earlier this year, we learned that a First Order BB unit called BB-9E would be rolling around in The Last Jedi, though the movie's crew referred to the droid as BB-H8. Described as "vigilant and intimidating," BB-9E assists The First Order in eliminating galactic threats, and while keeping up with its duties during the course of the new Star Wars movies, it will cross paths with BB-8, and that will lead to a moment of conflict between the two. As Neal Scanlan, the visual effects artist in charge of the Star Wars creature shop, put it:
Neal Scanlan wouldn't elaborate on what this conflict in The Last Jedi will entail, though one can assume it will involve a lot of frantic beeping. However, BB-9E's black coloring was meant to be an homage to the same-colored armor of a Sith Lord, in contrast with BB-8's white and orange color scheme, which calls back to the "old school" X-Wing pilots. So the droids' tussle will be another example of the "light" battling the "dark" in the Star Wars universe. Scanlan also mentioned that BB-9E was designed to evoke "dread instead of warmth," like how its glowing eye is modeled after the sinister HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Scanlan explained to EW:
One other big difference between BB-9E and BB-8 is the former's lack of companionship. While BB-8 is happy to work with the likes of Poe Dameron and Finn, BB-9E is a loner. So even though he may be in Kylo Ren or even Supreme Leader Snoke's presence during The Last Jedi, don't expect it to be chummy with them. Instead, BB-9E has a "patrol element," suggesting that he'll deal with any troublesome individuals aboard Snoke's Star Destroyer. While BB-9E is enforcing The First Order's will, BB-8 will continue assisting The Resistance, which will include flying with Poe Dameron on the pilot's new X-Wing and accompanying Finn and Rose Tico to Canto Bight. Let's hope it can handle itself when it runs into BB-9E and their scuffle kicks off.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters on December 15, so don't forget to pre-order your tickets (opens in new tab). As for when the year's other remaining releases will arrive, look through the final entries of our 2017 premiere guide.
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