There are many new faces in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first Star Wars film outside of the Episodic series, what with it being prequel and all. One face we won’t get to see is actor Alan Tudyk’s (well, not anymore anyway), as role as K2-S0, an Imperial droid reprogammed to fight for the Rebel Alliance, is motion-capture. It’s the kind of character Tudyk has played before (namely the lead robot Sonny in I, Robot) and director Gareth Edwards said the character is a scene-stealer in the upcoming film.
In an interview with Disney Rewards, Edwards called the performance “fantastic” and well-worth the time and effort to bring comedy, even of the dark variety, to the serious, gritty movie.
“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.”
He also said much time was spent making sure they had familiar goalposts for what a Star Wars movie is, so they didn’t stray too far in the making of it. He elaborate on three “absolutes” they kept in mind – “the epic backdrop, the story of a family relationship that has been splintered and torn apart, and the fundamental pull between good and evil.” He added that this film in particular is focused on the ordinary people caught between the oppressive Empire and the scrappy Rebels, as opposed to the destiny-ordained Skywalker family and their friends.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16.