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August 23, 2016

Alan Tudyk Gives Insight Into K-2SO’s Backstory in Star Wars: Rogue One

Honestly, if I could make Alan Tudyk star in every Sci-Fi & fantasy film/television show, I would.  Probably best known for his role as the cunning pilot Wash in Joss Whedon’s Firefly series, Tudyk is no stranger to the science fiction & fantasy genres; he’s starred in films such as I, Robot, and A Knight’s Tale, and beloved television shows like the aforementioned Firefly, and Dollhouse.  No one was disappointed when it was announced that Tudyk would be playing Diego Luna’s droid companion, K-2SO, in the next installment of the Star Wars franchise.


Tudyk spoke to about playing the character of K-2SO and gave a little glimpse of the droid’s personality, which director Gareth Edwards describes as “… the antithesis of C-3PO with a little bit of Chewbacca’s personality in a droid’s body.”

“Kaytoo was formerly an Imperial droid, so he used to be on the other side. He was a security droid and then Cassian, Diego Luna’s character, who owns Kaytoo, has done a memory wipe and reprograms Kaytoo to be a Rebel with the Alliance. Through that process, Kaytoo’s personality changes. I approached it as if he were freed, almost like a governor on an engine that holds the personality back. The Empire was much more of a regimented world where you’re much more forced to be in servitude of the Empire, which historically is the case. When he is reprogrammed, his personality comes out, which is a bit odd. At Star Wars Celebration Europe, they showed a little bit of a clip of him. There was no sound to it; I narrated it. You see Felicity Jones’ character hand me a bag, and she and Diego Luna’s character walk off. And I stand there holding the bag for just a moment, and I just drop it, because I’m not into holding her bag. [Laughs] C-3PO would definitely hold the bag and watch over it. Kaytoo is maybe a bit too honest. At that moment, he’s willful. It makes him a really fun character. For me, it made him much more human. I was very free to act within the confines of the script, but there were a lot of moments I could find, especially with such good actors, to express and be the unique character that Kaytoo is.”

K-2SO certainly sounds like the comic relief we’ll be getting in Star Wars: Rogue One by the looks of what Tudyk describes above.  Though, being Diego Luna’s character’s bodyguard, I doubt he’ll be all fun and games.  I’m putting my money on a K-2SO fight scene in the movie that’ll put those stupid Battle Droids from Clone Wars to shame.  All we can do is wait and find out!  Star Wars: Rogue One comes out December 16th.


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Joel Reaves
Joel Reaves
Joel (Aka The LA Nerd) is an independent filmmaker and podcaster that loves comic books about zombies, really short walks to the bar, and redheads named MJ but he's definitely not Spider-Man so stop asking, okay? Jeez.



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