When the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted back in November, many fans were disappointed that none of the iconic and returning Star Wars characters were featured. There was, however, a new character that fans couldn't stop talking about, the ball droid BB-8, whose mechanics were just as awe-inspiring as they were confusing. It was later revealed that a company named Sphero built the BB-8, whose head is supporting by magnets atop the rolling ball. With just two months until this highly-anticipated movie hits theaters, a new report from The Mirror reveals that BB-8 is actually a female robot. Here's what the site's unidentified source had to say about the robot.
"There's never been a strong female robot in any Star Wars film, J.J. (Abrams) was determined to make BB-8 cute and strong - and female."
This source also claims that BB-8 plays "a pivotal role in the plot," and that the robot was designed to appeal to young girls. The news that BB-8 has an important role isn't terribly surprising, especially when you factor in a rumor that surfaced in February, regarding the movie's opening sequence. That report claimed that a character known as The Vicar, presumably played by Max von Sydow, obtains a mysterious light saber and contacts the Rebel Alliance, who send Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) to investigate. Poe then places the lightsaber within BB-8 and sends him on his way, and it is reportedly this lightsaber that Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is seeking.
As for BB-8, the robot's female gender has not been confirmed, but if it is true, the ball droid won't be the only female robot. Back in September, new details surfaced about PZ-4CO through merchandising information that revealed this robot is female. If you looked closely in the third trailer, you can see the blue droid in the background, during the shot where Poe Dameron and Finn (John Boyega) get ready for battle. It isn't known how large a role PZ-4CO will play in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but we'll find out in just under two months.
It was long assumed that BB-8 belonged to Daisy Ridley's Rey, since she is often seen alongside the robot. We learned in the international trailer that surfaced today that Rey merely discovers him at some point in the movie. It isn't known if she discovers him before or after Poe Dameron reportedly puts the mysterious light saber inside of the ball droid for safe keeping, but we'll have to wait and see. What do you think about these new BB-8 details?