The newest offering from EW is up and it is on L3-37. Anthony Breznican spoke to Jon Kasdan in depth about the new droid, played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, a talented writer and comedian who is unfortunately not interviewed for this piece. However, based on Waller-Bridge’s other works and what the writers say here, I think L3-37 could really be super funny in the Star Wars universe if the actor is given the right material.
I had noticed that L3 had various pieces of other types of droids, mainly R2 style droids on her body and an early version of a BB unit. But it turns out she’s sort of a self-made hodgepodge, as Kasdan puts it:
“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.”
It is revealed that the droid has a working relationship with Lando. The droid is sort of an IG-88 type idea but it seems to go into a fun place instead of the ridiculous (she probably doesn’t become the Death Star). This coolest part is she isn’t a stick in the mud like C-3PO and K2-SO. She’s really intelligent (and probably greedy).
Ron Howard tells Breznican:
“Her AI is way up there in terms of IQ,” says director Ron Howard. “She’s capable of some pretty interesting conversations. And Phoebe is hilarious and brilliant and really helped bring that character to life in ways that are funny and surprising.”
The droid isn’t owned by anyone and it isn’t “subservient” to anyone either. Lando sure does meet some interesting “people” in his adventures. I hope L3-37 survives this movie. I usually just roll with it but I want this one to make it out and survive into other films. The character sounds cooler all the time.
When I first saw L3-37 it reminded me of ’90s Star Wars, which is okay but not my favorite. But after knowing the idea behind the droid, I think I have completely changed my take on the droid’s look and i find the idea of this robot to be more fun and fresh than the avalanche of droids that are “evil but on your team” we have gotten in print over the last few years. I’m really digging the idea of L3-37 and she should be really fun.
Read the full EW piece here.