Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first film in the series without a chapter number to call its own. A spinoff from the legacy of the Skywalkers, the film instead focuses on the non-force powered soldiers of the Rebel Alliance and their struggle against the Galactic Empire. One of these rebel agents is K-2SO, an Imperial droid voiced and mo-capped by Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Moana), who was acquired and reprogrammed by the rebel intelligence officer, Cassian Andor (played by Diego Luna).
Tudyk recently talked to ComicBook.com about how “Kaytoo” factors into Rogue One’s mission and where the character begins his journey.
“Cassian and he have fallen into this relationship, they have their own rhythm together. Cassian and he are a team. In the beginning, Kaytoo is not necessarily excited about all these people coming onboard; he’d rather just do [the mission] with Cassian. It’s not spoken outright, but when Jyn comes on, he’s like, ‘Her? Her.’ He’s not into it.
“If Cassian tells him to do something, he will, he’s devoted to Cassian. He has his differences of opinion with Cassian, but he’s a devoted character.”
This train of thought triggered Tudyk to realize the commonality between all the characters of Rogue One.
“I guess everybody has their own devotion in this movie, every character does. It’s different, interesting. They ultimately are all devoted to fulfilling the mission, but they come together from all these different places, and with their backgrounds and they fall into a place where like, ‘This is what we’re going to do. We’ve been brought together to do something here, let’s do it.’ He’s one of those, and he does take a journey there. When it becomes apparent that these [other] people are going to be helpful in this, and necessary, and that Cassian wants it, then that’s that. Whatever Cassian wants he’s going to do.”
The original Star Wars drew a striking divide between heroes Luke Skywalker and Han Solo over this very issue. Despite being young and unaffiliated, Luke had a devotion to the greater good and had a desire to join the Rebellion, while Han was unapologetically selfish. Since Rogue One is all about the Rebels, an essential devotion to the greater good is understandably a prerequisite. Hopefully, this doesn’t preclude the inclusion of lovable scoundrels from the cast. We’ll find out when Rogue One hits theaters later this month.