'Rogue One' news: Alan Tudyk talks about latest 'Star Wars' droid, K-2S0; Empire unveils new images from the flick


Disney and Lucasfilm appear to be taking a different route in terms of marketing the upcoming “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” which is due out later this year. Compared to last year’s tightly guarded “Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens,” the first movie from the space saga’s new anthology series utilizes a more aggressive ploy with regard to building hype for the film. Just in the last couple of days alone, various reveals and press interviews with cast members have been published which has been enough to quench the thirst of fans who are anticipating the release of the flick.

With the film featuring a group of new characters who all have their own stories to tell, arguably one of the most intriguing ones is droid K-2SO. Robotic entities have long been major game players in the “Star Wars” lore, chalking it up to George Lucas’s decision to open “Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope” with C-3PO and R2-D2’s ramblings. Since then, they have been a part of the adventure with the recent addition of BB-8 last year. But what sets Kaytoo apart from the previously introduced three is that he was originally an Imperial droid that was just reprogrammed for the rebellion by Captain Andor (Diego Luna). It’s an interesting concept as it has never been seen before in the cult franchise and presumably that where his charm lies which will surely make him a fan favorite.

Played by Alan Tudyk via performance capture, the “Rogue One” actor revealed in a recent interview with StarWars.com that his predecessor Anthony Daniels who actually gets inside C-3PO’s gold suit was admittedly envious of him. “He was envious of the comfort level he knew I had wearing a Spandex body suit versus a practical costume, which by the way he still fits into,” Tudyk said.

Kaytoo’s unique concept continues to shine through his personality, which Tudyk says is something that is very different from other droids as he feels like it’s almost human-like.

“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,” he explained. He further described his character as “maybe a bit too honest” and “willful” which were both very evident in snippets of him seen in the trailers.

Tudyk’s Kaytoo spearheads one of Empire magazine’s three newly unveiled covers for “Rogue One.” In the snap, the tall droid is seen with Cassian (Luna) and Jyn (Felicity Jones) in new planet Jedha. He apparently has his very own cover which was previously shared by Tudyk on his Twitter account.

The other two spreads feature Jyn with the rest of rebel misfits and with the film’s big bad, Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) with his Death Troopers. While these two iterations will be available for everyone, the one with K-2SO is an exclusive for the media outlet’s subscribers.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” which is technically a prequel, follows the Rebel Alliance’s efforts in retrieving the plans for the Death Star. The stand-alone film opens in theaters on Dec. 16.