A few days ago we learned actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge would be playing a female droid character named L3-37 via the use of a motion-capture performance in Solo: A Star Wars Story. L3-37 is seen teaming up with Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian aboard the Millennium Falcon in the trailer footage released by Lucasfilm.
In their latest piece covering Ron Howard’s May 25th film, Entertainment Weekly shines more light on this new droid and how she meshes with Lando.
The droid played via motion-capture by Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge belongs to no one and has constructed herself over the years, building upon and adjusting her original design.
“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.)
Earlier today EW gave us additional info on Lando and Emilia Clarke’s character Qi’ra as part of their Day 2 coverage of the standalone film. They will be wrappping up today’s coverage later on with a piece that focuses on the title’s seedy criminals, so stay tuned for that.
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