The Star Wars universe came back in force last year with the record breaking performance that Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens had during its theatrical run. After audiences fell in love with Rey, Poe, Finn, and BB-8, Lucasfilm and Disney are back to truly test the desire for more from this world by releasing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story later this year. Set just before A New Hope, this movie will feature mainly new characters, with the biggest exception marking the return of Darth Vader who has only been teased to this point.
At this time in a galaxy far, far away, the Rebels are gearing up for their biggest attack yet on the Empire, and are going to get the help of Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) to do so. While the Rebellion will have the help of new droid K2-SO, the Empire will not be left out of having a new droid of their own.
On the newest episode of The Star Wars Show, they were able to reveal the new droid that will be with the Empire. For long-time fans of the universe, the new droid will take after the most iconic droid of all, R2-D2. For the purposes of the Empire however, C2-B5 is another astromech droid, but there still seems to be mystery surrounding who he will answer to. As for the look of C2-B5, the official Star Wars Facebook page released photo. Take a look at it and a screenshot from The Star Wars Show:
The show does not outright confirm that C2-B5 is still apart of the Empire or if he has been rescued and is being repurposed by the Rebels. If the droid is still with the Empire, one possible outcome could be he is the personal droid of Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen), who is a wanted man by both sides. Then again, we do not know how hands on Orsen Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) will be, so C2-B5 could be the repair droid for his ship.
There is also the chance that C2-B5 is now with the Rebellion, which could be another case of Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) bringing former droids over to his new affiliation. If he is with the Rebels throughout or just a portion, the routine memory wipes could become an interesting aspect to the droid. After all, maybe they find a way to restore his memories and learn more about the Empire’s plans before their attack. The value of whatever information they find could vary depending on who C2-B5 used to work for. Again, this is all speculation at this point and the answers surrounding the new droid will not be coming from official sources before the movie is released.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.