Industrial Light and Magic chief creative officer and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story senior visual effects supervisor John Knoll has explained why the Rogue One fan favorite character K-2SO is the anti C-3PO.
Knoll not only supervised the visual effects on Rogue One, he also produced and came up with the initial concept for the story of the first ever Star Wars spin-off, including the character of the reprogrammed Imperial security droid Kay-Tu.
Ahead of the film’s Blu-ray release, Knoll spoke with Comicbook.com explaining what about Kay-Tu makes him the antithesis of the proper gold-plated protocol droid (besides the obvious personality disorder):
“I came up with the K-2SO as a part of my original story pitch. One of the original ideas there was that he’s almost the ‘anti’ C-3PO. C-3PO has these amazing abilities that are referred to, that he can speak 6 million forms of communication, talking about calculating the odds of successfully navigating an asteroid field. How’s he doing that?”
Knoll went on to add that if a rag-tag team is going to steal the plans for the Death Star from the Empire, they need a droid with similar capabilities:
“Well, clearly, it’s implied that he’s potentially running hundreds of thousands of scenarios, doing some sort of Monte Carlo analysis of successful vs. unsuccessful outcomes of those things. We thought, ‘That’s a really cool capability. If you’re putting together a team of experts with complementary skills to come together to go on a mission, you want somebody who can do those kinds of things as part of a team.”
But one difference between Kay-Tu and Threepio that Knoll enjoys is the fact that Kay-Tu is an expert marksman with a blaster:
“The idea was to use K-2SO for the things that are cool about a droid character like that. Another nice little detail that I liked was that K-2 doesn’t fire a weapon very often, but when he does, he never misses, it’s always a bullseye. It’s another nice little thing. It’s a cool thing about the character.”
The film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelson, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Here’s the official synopsis:
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. In theaters December 2016.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is now available on Digital HD, DVD & Blu-Ray.