Alan Tudyk on the Imperial origins of Rogue One's security droid K-2SO

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Aug 11, 2016, 5:58 PM EDT

Those of us without the benefit of a time machine or precognitive visions will have to wait until tonight to watch the new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but I've got a tempting treat to tide you over until then.  Geek favorite Alan Tudyk (Firefly, I, Robot, A Knights Tale) provides the motion-capture performance for one of Rogue One's reprogrammed Imperial security droids, K-2SO (Kaytoo), and in a new interview with EW, the actor delivers some insight into the grouchy, insulting robotic member of the rebellion's background and personality:


"He has no filter. There was an old line, it’s not in there anymore…. I don’t think I can say it…” Tudyk presses his knuckles against his mouth, squints, is silent for a moment, then decides it’s safer not to share it.  “I can’t say what I want to say, but Kaytoo can say what he wants. He can say insulting things very casually if he thinks they’re true.”

“He’s not an overly emotional guy. He’s not like C-3PO, who’s like a f—ing neurotic mess. He’s flappable. Kaytoo is much more in the unflappable category.  He was a security droid in the Empire and they sort of enforce whatever needs to be enforced. They are imposing. He’s 7-foot-1, and follows orders pretty well. If you’re asked to be detained, he can detain you. They stand guard, and if somebody doesn’t mind them, they’ll… They’ll enforce the sh– out of [people.]"


Despite his cantankerous attitude, Kaytoo displays an unquestionable loyalty to Rebel captain Cassian Andor, played by Diego Luna. Andor is the one who rescues the filter-free droid out of Imperial servitude and wipes his databanks clean of programming to begin a new repurposed life with the rebellion.

“They’ve been around. They’ve been together for a while, a couple years,” Tudyk says. “He wants what Cassian wants. He loves Cassian, because he freed him. It’s also more paternal in that [Cassian] gave him life and took away the bonds of his programming.”

Tudyk also provided the voice for K-2SO, one which we have yet to hear.

“I have an English accent,” says the Texas-born actor. “I feel like a lot of the Imperial characters are English, and the Rebels tended to be like Han Solo, you think of the Americans. And because he was a droid, it made sense that it would be more of a proper accent.”

Have a peek at Tudyk sharing a glimpse of his Kaytoo and tell us if you're anxious to see this ex-Imperial enforcer on the big screen in December.



(Via EW)