The Star Wars universe has had many a droid which have won the hearts of fans. As of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, C-3PO and R2-D2 are still alive and kicking in a galaxy far, far away, continuing to charm audiences following their introduction in the original trilogy. Also, we've seen the cute BB-8 (The Last Jedi) and K2-SO (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) also proving to be quite heroic in Star Wars anthology movies. Now, Solo: A Star Wars Story fans are all too excited to see Phoebe Waller-Bridge's violent, sassy L3-37 add to the trend.
The robot was already praised as a show-stealer in Rian Johnson's review of the movie, certainly whetting the appetites of those who want to see her in action as one of Lando Calrissian's (Donald Glover) allies, who eventually links up with Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) in his formative days as an enemy of the Galactic Empire. Speaking at Saturday's press conference for the film, Waller-Bridge couldn't help but glow about her character's extraordinary role in the upcoming anthology film.
“L3 is a real inspiration to me. She’s a self-made droid," the actress said. "She created herself out of parts of other droids, which sounds kind of frightening when you put it like that [laughs]."
Waller-Bridge added, "She’s turned herself into a unique creature that’s more independent than she originally was. She’s got a great attitude. She's pretty upbeat and fun to be around."
Most importantly, it seems Lando's robot sidekick will have a rebellious streak that Han and the rest of the ragtag crew will need as they go about their nefarious smuggling activities. "She’s fearless, she’s uncensored, she’s very funny, she’s an evolutionary and she has an agenda, which is bigger than the sum of her parts. It’s great to play a droid with a message," Waller-Bridge concluded, hinting that there may be a welcomed air of feminist appeal to the character.
Directed by Ron Howard from a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. They’re joined by Thandie Newton as Val, Phoebe Waller-Bridge L3-37, Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos, and Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett. The film opens May 25.