Andor creator and showrunner Tony Gilroy has opened up in regards to the origins of B2EMO, Cassian Andor’s (Diego Luna) salvage droid companion, who has shortly captured the hearts of Star Wars followers.
“I was at the Creature Shop the other day, ’cause we were creature shopping,” Gilroy instructed Entertainment Weekly. “And I said, ‘Okay, I wanna have a salvage droid thing, and I wanna have a family dog — I wanna have an old dog.’ And that’s where we started. And… the conversations come… You know, ‘Oh my god, what color should it be?’ What size should it be? What does it do?’ And the possibilities and the things that they can do now are amazing. All of that– that droid is just totally practical. It just all works.”
Gilroy elaborated, “I mean, we were up there the other day and they were goofballing… one of the new directors that was on the show was up there. And you know, he looked over at B2… and a guy had the remote control and it just… it just started emoting in front of him… and you just melt… It’s a lot of fun to do that.”
The showrunner continued, “When it finally… the final iteration — ’cause you go through all kinds of versions of it, and all kinds of different things… — when we finally got there, we were like, ‘That’s it.’ And it’s… yeah, I’m very proud of that. He’s just beloved. He’s a beloved character.” Gilroy reiterated that B2EMO is solely sensible. “It’s in the scenes with everybody,” he stated. “It’s not a CG element or anything. So, there’s a puppeteer — there’s someone who’s operating it the whole way through.”
According to Gilroy, B2EMO’s puppeteer can be the droid’s voice actor. “We also had that person doing the voice,” he defined. “Usually, that’s a temporary– usually, the person that does the voice is replaced later on. And we always anticipated that we would replace the voice. And the person who was doing all the operating, and doing all the stuff and the primary person there, we kinda got used to the voice… and he’d done a lot of other things before, and been replaced before.”
Ultimately, the choice was made to not exchange B2EMO’s voice — and the puppeteer was ecstatic when he obtained the information. “We got to the end… and my brother John, who’s… our sort of post-production czar on this show, was like, ‘Man, this guy’s really good,” Gilroy recalled. “…[W]e gave him the gig. He’s the voice of B2… It was a fun phone call… He was very [excited]. It was very cool.”
Star Wars: Andor Is Streaming on Disney+ Now
Andor premiered its first three episodes on Disney+ yesterday, Sept. 21. The Star Wars present’s first season is slated to include 12 episodes, with new episodes dropping weekly on Wednesdays by means of Nov. 23. Andor will return for a second season, which may also include 12 episodes, bringing the grand complete as much as 24.
Andor serves as a prequel to the 2016 movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and delves into the origins of Rebel spy Cassian Andor, with the aforementioned Luna reprising his position. Andor Season 1 takes place 5 years earlier than the occasions of Rogue One, with Season 2 protecting the next 4 years to shut the hole. Rogue One itself takes place instantly earlier than the occasions of the unique Star Wars movie from 1977.
The first three episodes of Andor are presently streaming on Disney+.