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The Mandalorian: Why Waititi's Character Is 'Like a Child With a Gun'

Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi looks to carry on Star Wars’ strong legacy of comedic droid side characters in Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian this fall.

While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Waititi revealed new characters regarding his character IG-11, an assassin droid with the mind of a child. He explains he had trouble working out how he wanted the character to sound, going for a voice he describes as being part Siri, part HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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“[IG-11] is very innocent and naive and direct and doesn’t know about sarcasm and doesn’t know how to lie,” Waititi said. "It's like a child with a gun."

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Much like Alan Tudyk’s K2-SO in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, IG-11 is a large, anthropomorphic droid. Contrary to that character’s extremely human personality, with Waititi and Favreau opting to go for a character who seems to just be coming to terms with its own independence.

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Now, how Waititi’s character develops, and if he’ll resemble the actor/director’s other all-CGi character, Thor: Ragnarok’s Korg, remains to be seen. Entertainment Weekly's piece did not provide any more context for IG-11, but did offer up plenty of new information regarding The Mandalorian as a whole.

Created by Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog and Nick Nolte. The series debuts Nov. 12 on Disney+, the same date as the streaming service's official launch.

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