Alan Tudyk Talks K-2SO on ‘The Star Wars Show’

Alan Tudyk sat down with Andi Gutierezz for this week’s episode of The Star Wars show and revealed some interesting insight into how his appearance helps to symbolize the droids personality.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set to introduce a slew of new characters and starfighters into the Star Wars galaxy including the first ever Imperial droid that is an actual character in the story. K-2SO (Kay-Tuesso) is an Imperial security droid who was reprogrammed to assist the Rebel Alliance played by Alan Tudyk. From what we have seen in the trailers and Star Wars celebration, the droid is a good hearted sarcastic droid that provides the comic relief in what has been called a dark war film.

Tudyk sat down with Andi Gutierezz for this week’s episode of The Star Wars show and revealed some interesting insight into how his appearance helps to symbolize the droids personality.

Kaytu, he has personality in his movement and it always worked better and it tranferred better if there was a little bit of a slouch. There’s one point in the movie where Kay-Tu walks down a hallway and is passed by another Kay-Tu model. He’s like a soldier and he’s walking very perfectly and very straight and upright. And then Kaytu is kind of, sort of loping along a little bit. I thin that’s what makes Kaytu a little bit more accessible and gosh I’m going to say it, lovable.

Tudyk is on the money. His comments show the deep thought that went into crafting the character with collaborative director Garreth Edwards. Based on Kay-Tuesso’s appearance, the droid certainly looks like he could hold his own in a fight. Standing upright, the tall droid would be an intimidating presence on-screen which would prevent him from connecting with the audience as the comic relief. To hear more about Tudyk’s experience providing the motion capture for Kay-Tu including what it was like to run on sand in a pair of stilts, check out the episode of The Star Wars Show below.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16, 2016.

Produced by Lucasfilm, the film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelson, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk,  Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker with a script penned by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, directed by Garreth Edwards.

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. In theaters December 2016.

rogue-one-trailer-04-1

k-2so-in-star-wars-rogue-one

k-2s0-main-b_73a8fed8.jpeg

rogue-one-poster-k2so

Garreth Edwards On Challenges of Rogue One; New Photos Released

One of the biggest questions going into Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is how will director Garreth Edwards manage to capture the tension of the rebels spies stealing the Death Star being that we know they will succeed but most likely meet their demise before it’s all over.

One of the biggest questions going into Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is how will director Garreth Edwards manage to capture the tension of the rebels spies stealing the Death Star being that we know they will succeed but most likely meet their demise before it’s all over. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Edwards explained that rather than focusing on the film’s ending, the bigger challenge was determining just where to begin the story in a way that gets us invested in the new characters and still manages to fit into the Skywalker saga as the film will lead us up to the moments before the original classic A New Hope begins with Darth Vaders Star Destroyer, “The Devastator” chasing down Princess Leia on board the Tantive IV attempting to escape from the Empire with the newly stolen plans for the Death Star.

“The thing every [filmmaker] typically struggles with is ‘How does it end?’” says director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla). “But we knew how our film was going to end. Our problem became ‘How do we reverse engineer from that and know where to start?’ You’ve got a finite number of options and you go through them all like a puzzle to find the one that’s going to lead to the strongest result.” One of the most important pieces: Darth Vader, back to menace the deep reaches of space once again.

an1-ff-000131.jpg
Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed) are briefed along with Rebel pilots and soliders at the Rebel base on Yavin IV as they embark on their mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. (Image via Entertainment Weekly)

Edwards also spoke with USA Today about the origin of Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), who’s father we know was taken away from her at a young age as he was the main scientist forced by the Empire to help develop the technology that powers the super weapon of the Death Star. The director explained Erso does have similarities to Luke Skywalker in that they are both initially reluctant heroes, however. The path that Erso will follow will be a very different one from the Jedi Master.

Events take place that just shatter her life and send her off to basically be raised as a soldier in the midst of a war. She ends up not the person she was supposed to be. Even though we’re not telling the story of Luke Skywalker, it was important to me that we capture the same themes and emotion, but the film doesn’t unfold how you think. It’s not the same path as Star Wars.

636122342872235992-Rogue-One.jpg
Jyn Erso and K-2SO (Alan Tudyk), the former Imperial security droid who has been reprogrammed to assist the Rebels in their mission. (Image via USA Today)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16, 2016.

SOURCES: EW, USA TODAY (VIA SCREENRANT)

Alan Tudyk Reveals Cut Cameo From ‘Rogue One’

For those hoping to not only hear Alan Tudyk but see as well in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, your prayers were almost answered. Tudyk, who plays the already beloved sarcastic droid K-2SO revealed while promoting his new web series ‘Con Man’ on Reddit, he did, in fact, shoot a cameo but unfortunately it won’t make the final cut of the film.

For those hoping to not only hear Alan Tudyk but see as well in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, your prayers were almost answered. Tudyk, who plays the already beloved sarcastic droid K-2SO revealed while promoting his new web series ‘Con Man’ on Reddit, he did, in fact, shoot a cameo but unfortunately it won’t make the final cut of the film.

Tudyk was going to be seen as an X-Wing Pilot which was named after his ‘Con Man’ character Wray Nerely.

Yeah, I guess it’s a cameo- Wray Nerely. So the character that I play in Con Man, sort of my alter ego in Con Man, had a role in Rogue One. I played a pilot, and the scene got cut. I just found out. Did Wray Nerely survive? I was really looking forward to seeing Wray Nerely in Star Wars, but truthfully Wray Nerely would never get that good of a job. So it was probably pretty good that he didn’t.

We can still hope to see Wray Nerely possibly in a deleted scene when Rogue hits blu-ray but it will be a long time before that happens. Or maybe we will be lucky enough to see Wray in a comic book or better yet, an action figure. It’s not unlike Lucasfilm to release an action figure of a character who doesn’t make the film (cough cough, Constable Zuvio)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16, 2016.

rogue-one-poster-k2so.jpg

SOURCE: STARWARSNEWSNET, REDDIT

‘Rogue One’: Final Trailer Breakdown

The biggest moments from the incredible final trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

This morning we were delighted to the final U.S. trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The new trailer gave us more insight to the story than previous trailers and confirms the rumor that Jyn Ero’s father, Galen is the scientist who invented the original Death Star — which was alluded to by Mads Mikkelsen at the panel during this past Star Wars Celebration.

Here is a break down of the trailers most remarkable moments.

rogue-one-star-wars-2

The trailer opens with some gorgeous cinematography that screams Saving Private Ryan. Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) arrives on an unknown planet via a delta class shuttle to collect the scientist Erso against his will. Krennic is flanked by his squad of Deathtroopers and he’s not taking no for an answer. Considering Jyn’s mother is nowhere to be seen but is rumored to appear in the film, my guess is that she does not make it off the planet alive and that Galen is forced to do whatever he has to in order to protect the only family he has left.

Rogue-One-Star-Wars-10.jpg

Next we get see Jyn being broken out of Imperial jail by the rebel alliance. Things are starting to make a lot more sense now that we understand the familial connection she has to the Death Star. It’s smart for the rebellion to exploit this and it doesn’t hurt that Jyn is already a bit of a rebel herself.

rogue-one-star-wars-13

Giant Jedi statue people. It has been said that the planet Jedha will serve as the Mecca for the Star Wars Universe. Nothing could symbolize the fall of the Jedi Order in the galaxy better than this.

rogue-one-star-wars-14

Jyn is escorted by the rebels to the base on Yavin IV where she is briefed on the current crisis. Through Star Wars Rebels and the new canon novels, Lucasfilm has been shaping things up so that the Empire was on the verge of annihilating the rebellion before it could pose a real threat. It would add a lot more weight to Luke Skywalker destroying the technological terror in A New Hope if the Rebel Alliance really is on the brink of complete destruction just before Jyn steals the plans to the Death Star.

rogue-one-star-wars-15

Not much is known about the planet we see next other than the fact it will serve as the location for a major action set piece in the film. In previous trailers, rebel soldiers can be seen making a ground assault with X-Wings providing air support. This unknown facility seems like it could be Galen’s base of operations.

rogue-one-star-wars-18

The Death Star looms over what is most likely the tropical planet Scariff where the super weapon was constructed.

Rogue-One-Star-Wars-22.jpg

Next we’re treated to the moment the rebel spies are given their callsign. It’s a little cheesy but I love it anyway. We also get to see the shot from the celebration reel from inside the U-Wing cockpit just as it enters into hyperspace. Rather than using a green screen and CGI for this, director Garreth Edwards opted for a composite screen to give the actors something tangible to interact with.

rogue-one-star-wars-23

“The power that we are dealing with here is immeasurable,” Krennic says to Darth Vader. No doubt the scenes featuring Vader are the most anticipated moments of this film. From what we see Krennic does not fear Vader. He better check his tone before he gets force choked.

Rogue-One-Star-Wars-50 (1).jpg

There is a lot of speculation going around the internet that this is Tarkin. It’s definitely possible. My theory is that Tarkin will make an appearance in the film, however. This shot is most likely a red herring.

Rogue-One-Star-Wars-26.jpg

My personal favorite moment from the trailer. While I love the new U-Wing, as well as the new tie strikers and AT-ACT’s, I can’t wait to see things from the original trilogy. Seeing this chicken walker as it lays waste to a city street was like reuniting with an old friend.

Rogue-One-Star-Wars-28.jpg

It’s a bit poetic that Saw Gerrara is now part man, part machine and in need of a life support system to keep him alive just like the man who trained him — Anakin Skywalker. My hope is that we get to see Gerrara come face to face with Vader, however. For their connection to resonate with general audiences, they need to take the time to explain his past connection with Vader within Rogue itself. Otherwise they run the risk of alienating a lot of people.

Rogue-One-Star-Wars-29.jpg

Rebellions are built on hope. Donnie Yen’s Chirrut Imwe is all smiles in this trailer and I love it. The Jedi worshiper can feel the force is with them as they embark on their mission to steal the Death Star plans.

Rogue-One-Star-Wars-30.jpg

I find this shot particularly interesting. This is no doubt the manufacturing facility on Scariff where the Death Star was constructed. But it has me wondering whether this trench or tunnel seen in the photo is the same tunnel we see in the other trailer where Jyn, Cassian and K-2SO are being chased by stormtroopers on the train platform. My first thought was that it was the train that runs across the Death Star itself (described in Lost Stars) but this shot has me thinking otherwise. The bunker at the bottom is also where the rebels will come out of just before they charge towards the AT-ACT’s.

Rogue-One-Star-Wars-31.jpg

Cough, cough Platoon

Rogue-One-Star-Wars-32.jpg

Jyn, Cassian and K-2SO infiltrate the Imperial manufacturing facility on Scariff. We’ll have to wait until the third act to see Felicity Jones in her badass undercover gear but what has me pumped is that this is just before they throw down and go fist for fist with some stormtroopers as they steal the plans for the Death Star. With K-2SO at their side, chances are we will get to see him kick some ass as well. He certainly looks like he could hold his own.

Rogue-One-Star-Wars-38.jpg

Chirrut — the blind force worshiper — tears it up with some sort of Bowcaster in this glimpse from the films climactic action sequence. As we just learned on Star Wars Rebels, someone who can harness the force does not need their sight to be able to see. While it has been said there will be no Jedi in the film, this seems to tell us that Chirrut is a force user.

Rogue-One-Star-Wars-41.jpg

Space battles! This was no doubt the moment Star Wars fans cheered during the trailer. While I loved The Force Awakens to pieces, the lack of space battles was a bummer for me. Not only are we going to get a space battle, we’re going to get a space battle that features the original X-Wings from the classic trilogy. The facility they are attacking is most likely in space just over Scariff. Chances are this facility was used to assemble the Death Star.

Rogue-One-Star-Wars-44.jpg

Could this be Jedha being destroyed by the Death Star? It certainly seems like it and with the fall of the Jedi in the galaxy it would make sense, however. The destruction of Aldeeran was the dividing point in the galaxy. Causing many within the Empire to defect to the Rebellion even if they didn’t agree with the rebels — they knew the Empire had to be stopped by any means necessary. The destruction of Jedha has never been mentioned before so if it was destroyed by the Death Star, it isn’t something widely known in the galaxy.

Rogue-One-Star-Wars-46.jpg

Vader is on a mission. If I saw the Sith Lord walking towards me like that I would kiss my ass goodbye.

rogue-one-star-wars-47

Given the rain, it’s possible this is from the same scene on the mysterious planet where Krennic confronts Galen. My best guess is that it’s actually from the scene pictured just above where Vader is stepping towards Krennic. Chances are Krennic isn’t getting the job done and Vader has come to handle things himself.

rogue-one-at-acts.jpg

The rebels can be seen making their last ditch effort to escape Scariff with the Death Star plans during the films climactic action sequence.

Rogue-One-Star-Wars-49.jpg

Up close and personal. Baze and Chirrut make their escape nearly getting crushed by the foot of an AT-ACT. This moment gave me some serious Jurassic Park vibes. It also shows Edwards’ strength as a director as he hones in on the characters with the background of something epic and fantastical.

While this is said to be the final official trailer for the film I would expect an international trailer (or two) to drop before we start getting bombarded with TV spots ramping up to the film’s release.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16, 2016.

‘Rogue One’: Poster Revealed; Official Trailer Tomorrow

The new poster features the entire cast set against the backdrop of the original Death Star.

The new official U.S. poster for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been revealed! Over the last few weeks we saw both a Japanese and Korean poster which didn’t look too great, however. This new poster is fantastic and features the entire cast set against the backdrop of the original Death Star. The helmet of Darth Vader can also be seen in the upper right corner representing the looming presence he will have over the film.

14681903_1284802921571306_5680402680203890913_o.jpg

The poster was revealed today on The Star Wars Show by the film’s Director Garreth Edwards. But that wasn’t all, Edwards took this opportunity to announce that the final trailer for the film will be released tomorrow morning.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16, 2016.