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Solo: A Star Wars Story’s Director and Writers Talk to Entertainment Weekly About New Droid L3-37

Solo: A Star Wars Story’s Director and Writers Talk to Entertainment Weekly About New Droid L3-37

In Solo: A Star Wars Story, Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian will have a droid companion named L3-37, brought to life via motion capture by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Director Ron Howard and screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan talked a bit to Entertainment Weekly about what to expect from the latest in the long line of droids inhabiting the Star Wars universe.

You can read a few spoiler-free highlights below:

*Please be aware that clicking links to the Entertainment Weekly website may expose you to spoilers about Solo*

“She’s a self-modified droid,” says Jon Kasdan (The First Time), who co-wrote the script with his father, Lawrence (veteran scribe of The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens.) “The idea is that she’s sort of a mutt, if you will, of various parts of different kinds of droids who has improved upon herself.”

That’s why the head floating above her shoulders like a mechanical jellyfish looks a little like the dome on a primitive BB unit, while her chest and shoulders have an R2/Astromech influence. (Her name, too, is a reference to “LEET” or “l337,” which is the practice of substituting numerals for letters in words.)

“She’s a complete individual in the galaxy,” Jon Kasdan says. “We wanted to have it be a completely different kind of droid than you’ve ever seen in the movies. And we definitely wanted it to be a female. We thought it was more than time for that.”

“Her AI is way up there in terms of IQ,” says director Ron Howard. “She’s capable of some pretty interesting conversations. And Phoebe is hilarious and brilliant and really helped bring that character to life in ways that are funny and surprising.”

You can read the entire article on EW.com.

Read more about Solo: A Star Wars Story here.

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