We've already seen footage and photos of the Imperial droid K-2SO (Alan Tudyk) in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but it seems the Imperial Army has even more new droids at their disposal. Earlier today, LucasFilm unveiled a first look at Imperial astromech droid C2-B5, which, as you can see in the photo below, has quite a familiar design. This droid bears a striking resemblance to R2-D2, but this lillte guy is actually quite different.
The droid was unveiled on StarWars.com's weekly YouTube series The Star Wars Show, where host Peter Townley unveiled the first image and new details about this robot. We don't know how significant a role this little droid will have, but we did learn that this astromech droid may have the same responsibilities as Rebel droids, although they're treated much differently. Here's what Peter Townely had to say in his C2-B5 segment of The Star Wars Show.
"As you may know, the Galactic Empire relies on astromech droids to maintain its machinery. But, unlike the Rebel Alliance, Imperial technicians do not grant their droids independence, and subject them to frequent memory wipes, to keep them subservient. Does C2-B5 fall into all this? Well, you'll just have to find out this December when Rogue One is released."
This reveal comes just hours after LucasFilm unveiled the first in a series of animated shorts that will be made by fans using brand new Rogue One toys. The shorts will be released all throughout September, leading up to the Force Friday event on September 30. Force Friday also marks the first date that fans can submit their own "Go Rogue" videos, which will be chosen by a panel including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards, and winners will be invited to Rogue One and see their short story on the big screen.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, following a team who takes on a mission to find the plans for the original Death Star. The all-star cast includes Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Donnie Yen and Wen Jiang. Take a look at this photo of C2-B5 below, along with this week's episode of The Star Wars Show. You can skip to the 2:08 mark of the video below for the C2-B5 reveal.