The latest EW piece on Solo: A Star Wars Story zeroes in on the film’s droid character, which is L3-37, who is played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Waller-Bridge provided some insights into the first female Star Wars droid to be featured in a film, who is also a self-made droid — literally — she’s really built herself over time.
Phoebe clarifies this classification of L3, by explaining that she’s self-modified. The actress went on to say,“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.” I find this to be very interesting, because up until this point, the Star Wars droids are all from distinct model lines, and while they all have their own personalities, they’re still just a flavor of droid model that just so happens to have gotten mixed up with some very interesting human and alien characters.
John Kasdan, who helped to write the screenplay, reinforces the fact that L3 is different from the usual Star Wars droids. He said, “She’s a complete individual in the galaxy. We wanted to have it be a completely different kind of droid than you’ve ever seen in the movies. And we definitely wanted it to be a female. We thought it was more than time for that.”
John’s Dad Lawrence, who also had a hand in crafting Solo’s story, mentioned that L3 doesn’t belong to Lando, but she works with him. Kasdan said, “She has a working relationship with Lando, and it’s very sophisticated and informed by years of working together.” This too is interesting, because L3 is more like Chewie than R2, in that she is freely working with Lando as a partner, not as his mechanical servant. She will not be a subservient droid, which should be something new and exciting to behold when Solo drops this May.
Stay tuned for more Solo coverage as it becomes available.
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