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Alan Tudyk Talks About His Audition For Rogue One Fan-Favorite, K-2SO


As the fan reviews come in for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, it’s clear that, regardless of how fans felt about the movie as a whole, K-2SO proved to be a welcome addition to the Star Wars film mythology. Alan Tudyk, who voices the sarcastic droid, talked about his audition process in a recent interview.

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According to, Tudyk revealed that he first auditioned for K-2SO while at Nathan Fillion’s house — on Fillion’s iPad, no less! Says Tudyk:

“I just got a call that Gareth [Edwards] wanted to talk to me, and so we had a Skype session — I was at my buddy’s house, I didn’t really take it that seriously. I was over at Nathan Fillion’s house, and I was like ‘Can I use your iPad — I gotta go do this thing?’ So I called [Gareth] on Nathan’s iPad and just had a conversation about being a robot in a movie, and to be motion capture. I thought the conversation was because I had done I, Robot, but it was more than that for him. Then he asked me to formally audition, and I recorded it with my wife at home — it was all real relaxed.”

As with many films, especially ones shrouded in secrecy like Rogue One was, actors are given scenes with which to audition that aren’t necessarily in the film, but would give the director an idea of whether an actor is right for a role. The same happened for Rogue One, with Tudyk doing his official audition with a scene that kinda sounds hilarious:

“It was a scene where they were all landing on a planet that had a magnetic field that scrambled K-2SO’s circuits. And so he slowly became drunker — first he goes really fast, then he slows down, then he makes the wrong calculations — and then says, ‘I can fly it — give me the keys!'”

Tudyk was hired immediately after his official audition, which surprised him, as casting usually takes much longer. He credits this to director Gareth Edwards being given a huge amount of control over the film, so that he got to hire without much interference from studio higher-ups and everything needing to get approved by several different people. “For this, it was much more in the hands of the artist,” Tudyk says. “And [Edwards] put together such a cool group.”

(image via screencap)

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Teresa Jusino
Teresa Jusino (she/her) is a native New Yorker and a proud Puerto Rican, Jewish, bisexual woman with ADHD. She's been writing professionally since 2010 and was a former TMS assistant editor from 2015-18. Now, she's back as a contributing writer. When not writing about pop culture, she's writing screenplays and is the creator of your future favorite genre show. Teresa lives in L.A. with her brilliant wife. Her other great loves include: Star Trek, The Last of Us, anything by Brian K. Vaughan, and her Level 5 android Paladin named Lal.

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