Entertainment Weekly continues the hits with a great article giving fans some background on Lando's Droid L3-37 played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Here's a taste...
“I think they’re both kind of self-made. And they get each other in that way.”
That’s how Donald Glover described Lando Calrissian’s relationship with his partner droid L3-37 in Solo: A Star Wars Story. He’s speaking metaphorically about his galactic gambler character — but he means it literally about the robot.
The droid played via motion-capture by Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge belongs to no one and has constructed herself over the years, building upon and adjusting her original design.
“She’s a self-modified droid,” says Jon Kasdan (The First Time), who co-wrote the script with his father, Lawrence (veteran scribe of The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens.) “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.”
That’s why the head floating above her shoulders like a mechanical jellyfish looks a little like the dome on a primitive BB unit, while her chest and shoulders have an R2/Astromech influence. (Her name, too, is a reference to “LEET” or “l337,” which is the practice of substituting numerals for letters in words.)
“She’s a complete individual in the galaxy,” Jon Kasdan says. “We wanted to have it be a completely different kind of droid than you’ve ever seen in the movies. And we definitely wanted it to be a female. We thought it was more than time for that.”
What Emilia Clarke says of her enigmatic character Qi’ra also applies to L3: “Han Solo is only surrounded by strong women.”
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