Fans will get to explore a different part of the Star Wars universe when Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16. This adventure will introduce fans to a new group of Rebel heroes, who go on a dangerous mission to steal the plans for the original Death Star. Director Gareth Edwards revealed in an interview that one of these characters steals every seen they're in, and it may not be who you expect.
This character is in fact one of the few non-human characters in Rogue One, the new droid K-2SO, who is voiced and performed through motion capture by Alan Tudyk. Disney Rewards caught up with Gareth Edwards, who spoke about the "silly-looking outfit" he had to wear during production, while revealing that K-2SO provides a lot of humor for the film. Here's what he had to say about the former Imperial droid.
"Alan had to wear this rather silly-looking outfit with dots on it while we were filming, and he always felt like the uncool guy on the set surrounded by actors in super cool costumes. I would tell him, 'Alan, don't worry. You're going to steal every scene you're in.' And I was right. Once we put the robot overlay in, he was fantastic. He brings a lot of humor to the film."
Rogue One is set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, but it's already clear this will be a much different Star Wars movie. Kathleen Kennedy has previously confirmed that the movie won't feature an opening crawl, like all seven of the previous Star Wars movies before it. Gareth Edwards teases that there will be many similarities between this movie and the rest of the franchise, but the story will focus on new characters.
"We wrote down everything that makes a story a Star Wars tale. We all have different opinions, of course, but some of the absolutes are the epic backdrop, the story of a family relationship that has been splintered and torn apart, and the fundamental pull between good and evil. But the new characters are at the heart of the film. We wanted to explore how everyday people have been caught up in the conflict with the Empire. Jyn Erso, is pulled into the struggle by something that has happened to her in the past. She doesn't start off wanting to be a soldier, but she'd been dealt a bad hand and chooses to do something about it."
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. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016.