Is Star Wars Droid K-2SO the Jar Jar Binks of Rogue One?
Anticipation is higher than ever for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which holds its world premiere in Hollywood tomorrow, before hitting theatres around the world on December 16. While there will be a few familiar characters in this big-screen spin-off, such as Darth Vader and Mon Mothma, fans will mostly be introduced to several new characters in this galaxy far, far away. Today we have details about one such character, the droid K-2SO, who may or may not be this film's version of the much maligned Jar Jar Binks.
Jar Jar Binks, played by Ahmed Best, is easily one of the most disliked characters in the Star Wars universe, who was featured in George Lucas' prequel trilogy. The Huffington Post caught up with actor Alan Tudyk, the man behind the droid K-2SO, who revealed that he did everything in his power to avoid becoming the next Jar Bar Binks, in the eyes of Star Wars fans. Here's what the actor had to say in his interview below.
"[Jar Jar] was such an outlier, not an outlier, an anomaly in the world, that was backed away from as quickly as they could. I did have it in mind because K-2SO can be very funny in moments, and I talked to Gareth Edwards, saying, I hope I'm not coming across as a character that makes jokes, that he is a sarcastic character or a passive-aggressive character or an honest character that can be funny within a moment, especially these moments of high-stakes life and death, which this movie has a lot of ― you know, it'a a war movie. He told me that I wasn't, so I trusted him, and I'm really happy with the outcome."
With the world premiere taking place in Hollywood tomorrow, we'll have our first reactions to the movie, and perhaps we'll find out whether or not those lucky enough to attend the premiere do in fact think that K-2SO is the next Jar Jr Binks. Alan Tudyk is part of a talented ensemble that includes Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, Diego Luna as Captain Cassian Andor, Ben Mendelsohn as Director Orson Krennic, Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe, Mads Mikkelsen as Galen Erso, Riz Ahmed as Bodhi Rook, Wen Jiang as Baze Malbus and Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera. Gareth Edwards directs from a screenplay by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, based on a story created by Gary Whitta and John Knoll. Box office analysts have predicted that Rogue One could earn upwards of $130 million when it opens in theaters on December 16.
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire's ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. After Rogue One, Disney will roll out a Han Solo spin-off, starring Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover as Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, which is set for release on May 25, 2018. The studio is also planning a third spin-off for 2020, which has been rumored to center on Boba Fett. Hopefully we'll have more updates on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story soon, with just one week left until its global release.