Rogue One: A Star Wars Story would have been bleak throughout if not for the sassy humor provided by K-2SO, the 7-foot tall droid voiced by Firefly alum Alan Tudyk. While promoting the film, Tudyk recalled the casual approach he took with the first audition. Though to be fair, Tudyk probably wouldn't have been so casual about it had he known upfront the director wanted him for his Star Wars standalone film.
"I just got a call that Gareth [Edwards] wanted to talk to me, and so we had a Skype session -- I was at my buddy's house, I didn't really take it that seriously," he told Fandago. "I was over at Nathan Fillion's house, and I was like 'Can I use your iPad -- I gotta go do this thing?' So I called [Gareth] on Nathan's iPad and just had a conversation about being a robot in a movie, and to be motion capture. I thought the conversation was because I had done I, Robot, but it was more than that for him. Then he asked me to formally audition, and I recorded it with my wife at home -- it was all real relaxed."
To guard the film's secrets, Tudyk's audition included a scene that was not in the film. But, after reading a description of the unused and funny scene, I wish it had been. "It was a scene where they were all landing on a planet that had a magnetic field that scrambled K-2SO's circuits," he explained. "And so he slowly became drunker -- first he goes really fast, then he slows down, then he makes the wrong calculations -- and then says, 'I can fly it -- give me the keys!'"
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers.
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016.