Rogue One: A Star Wars Story animation supervisor Hal Hickel and K-2SO himself, Alan Tudyk, have revealed the secret past for the Star Wars spin-off’s sarcastic droid.
In the film, Tudyk plays former Imperial security droid who was previously stolen by the Rebel alliance and reprogrammed by Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) an ally of the Rebellion. An unfortunate side-effect followed the reprogram resulting in Kay-Tu speaking his mind in a brutally honest way regardless of who he was speaking to what circumstances he was in.
Speaking to Comicbook.com ahead of the film’s Blu-ray release, Hickel and Tudyk were asked about Kay-Tu’s backstory when Tudyk jokingly explained the droids past:
“The backstory was pretty limited. Knowing that he was in the Empire, he was sort of reborn when Cassian gave him his reprogramming. He was enslaved, in a way. He was more of a stoic character. He had to follow orders. Basically, he just scurried around. He did lots of security stuff. He had a big bunch of keys that hung off his belt.”
Hickel also explained that it was important for K-2SO’s appearance to reflect the reprogrammed droid’s history:
“You glimpse another enforcer droid in the Imperial facility and we had him look really spotless. No paint chips or anything, whereas K-2 is all scratched up. We actually considered whether they [the Rebels] might even completely remove the Imperial insignia on his shoulder. We decided to keep it, it’s kind of scratched up, but you can still see it. We figured the Rebels are kind of rough and tumble and they’re not going to be too precious about it. But we did give it lots of history, scratches and dents, to really communicate that he had seen a lot of action with Cassian.”
The film also stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelson, Donnie Yen, 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.