Long before the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney, George Lucas was looking at concepts for liberating droids for the prequels and this concept was eventually incorporated into Solo as L3-37.
In a Target exclusive collectible book that comes with the film on Blu-ray, one section notes, “Lando Calrissian’s literally self-made copilot L3-37 is the first mechanical being in Star Wars to embody another idea that George Lucas devised in the early 2000s: droid rights, activism, and autonomy.”
What makes this detail more fascinating is that one of Solo‘s more controversial narrative components was L3-37’s ultimate fate. After suffering fatal injuries, Lando downloaded her memory system into the Millennium Falcon, essentially removing her autonomy forever.
It’s good to know that George Lucas is still inspiring new ideas in the current crop of Star Wars output. Read the article in full at the link below.