The INSIDER Summary:
• K-2SO is a new robot you’ll see in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”
• Alan Tudyk acted on stilts to bring the character to life.
From R2-D2 to C-3PO to BB-8, “Star Wars” has created some of the galaxy’s most beloved robots.
For the upcoming “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” they have a new robot they want fans to fall in love with.
Actor Alan Tudyk, best known for his role as Wash in the cult favourite TV series “Firefly,” will play K-2SO, the franchise’s latest loveable droid. K-2SO was an imperial droid reprogrammed by Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) so he can fight alongside the Empire.
This isn’t Tudyk’s first time playing a bot. He previously one in 2004’s “I, Robot.” However, K-2SO presented Tudyk with a unique challenge: he’s a tall, lanky machine. During a panel at New York Comic Con, Tudyk discussed how instead of wearing a robotic suit, Tudyk wore a motion-capture suit while performing on stilts to bring the character to life. The details of the character were later filled in on a computer.
“They [the stilts] were a foot high because the character’s very tall and lanky,” Tudyk told the crowd. “There were times I had to run and…I stood on a cliff. You could see it in one of the teasers.”
It added yet another challenge to what looks like a fairly physical performance.
It’s why he towers over his co-stars Felicity Jones and Diego Luna:
In case you were wondering, this how Tudyk, the man behind the machine, actually looks like:
No behind-the-scenes photos have been released of Tudyk yet. We very much look forward to that day.
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” will be out in theatres on December 16, 2016.
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