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Alan Tudyk discusses the origins of K-2SO

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Apr 14, 2019, 3:23 PM EDT

There have been lots of droids in Star Wars, but none like K-2SO. The Rogue One fan-favorite was voiced by prolific thespian Alan Tudyk, who lent just enough semi-murderous sass to win us over, but not so much that our hearts didn't break for him. The actor, who some fans may know from things as varied as Firefly and Moana, has been everywhere and seen everything - including lots in the galaxies far, far away. Now he's coming back to an untitled Disney+ show, which is a espionage-based prequel to Rogue One and will feature him reprising his role as K-2SO alongisde Diego Luna's Cassian Andor.

Tudyk led a panel discussion at Star Wars Celebration alongside another actor from the series whose visage was obscured by plenty of costumery, Warwick Davis, talking about all things Star Wars. SYFY WIRE was there when Tudyk explained that he actually met Rogue One director Gareth Edwards at a Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, where Edwards offered him a role after showing off all the behind-the-scenes concept art and designs in a conference room. He turned it down originally, thinking he had a scheduling conflict, but as fans know, it all worked out in the end.

At one point the droid had eyelids and blinked, but the team decided that he wasn't allowed to be more animated than C-3PO. That meant, since everything was pretty still on the droid's face and stilt-wearing legs, that Tudyk was able to change lines around and around. Slapping Cassian was improvised, as well as plenty of classic one-liners like "Cassian said I had to." The only things that were highly articulated were his robotic hands, that Tudyk used for close-ups whenever K-2SO was operating a ship or pressing a button.

Tudyk also did a brief tease of the new show, saying he was super excited about returning to the role. Apparently Kathleen Kennedy told him about it at a Star Wars event, though the series is "a year or two away." Fans may know how his story ends, but K-2SO has plenty of smack to talk before that point.

Disney+ launches on Nov. 12.

You can find all of our Star Wars Celebration coverage here.