After what must have been torturous months of endless waiting, Star Wars fans can finally rest easy, because Star Wars: Rogue One is finally here. The first ever Star Wars standalone movie hits theaters this weekend and is introducing a ton of new characters to the franchise. One such character, Alan Tudyk’s very blunt and loveable violent droid K-2SO, almost looked quite a bit different than what we actually see in the movie.
In honor of the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in theaters this weekend, Entertainment Weekly decided to give fans a little cherry on top of their Star Wars sundae by publishing a batch of never-before-seen concept art from the movie. Several of the new photos show early designs for K-2SO, which make him look much more like a C-3PO knock off, but with some attitude and more dingy coloring. There is also a bit of art that shows several different designs for K-2SO’s head, which went through quite a few different versions before what we ultimately saw was fleshed out. Certain elements from these early designs stayed with the character, such as the general color scheme, but the end result was dramatically different. As is the case with some of the other core characters in Rogue One. You can see the majority of the art here.
One of the newly released pieces of concept art from Christian Alzmann reveals an early take on what the band of Rebels who steals the Death Star plans could have looked like. Aside from a dramatically different K-2SO, there were a couple of alien members of the team including Senna, who is described as a “Chewie type,” and Lunka, “something that could skitter into an air duct, almost like a little thief.” Outside of that, the human characters were entirely white and in its final form, the central cast of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story wound up being pretty diverse.
Aside from that, there were several other pieces of concept art from Star Wars: Rogue One, like a look at a Tank Trooper, which Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) almost impersonated in the movie. There was also a version of a ship that belonged to Jyn Erso and a look at her disguised as an Imperial Ground Trooper. As far as K-2SO goes, EW also released the cover of the upcoming The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story book, which features Alan Tudyk’s new droid on the cover.
The buzz on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been incredibly positive so far from both fans and critics, which is encouraging for Disney since they plan on making quite a few more of these spinoff movies. It has already been made clear that there won’t be a sequel to this movie, so art like this will help feed the appetite of the hungry Star Wars fans. You can check out the newly released concept art for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story for yourself below. And feel safe that K-S2O didn’t wind up becoming the new Jar Jar Binks.
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