The newest droid in the Star Wars Universe, L3-37, voiced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, that will appear in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story, is unique in many ways. It is not only voiced by a woman, which is huge because, you know, it’s 2018, but also because it is self-modified.
“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.”
Waller-Bridge will bring her ‘fearless and awkward sense of humor’ to the L3 droid. We have yet to hear her as the character, but if you have yet to see her in anything, check out the show she created and stars in, Fleabag, on Amazon.
“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,” Kasdan said.
L3 will serve as a ‘partner-in-crime’ to Lando Calrissian, with whom there is a working relationship and understanding, though it has yet to be seen if the two will be as inseparable as Han Solo and Chewbacca.
“Her A.I. is way up there in terms of I.Q.,” said 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.”
Solo: A Star Wars releases nationwide in theaters on May 25, 2018.