L3-37 is the 1337 Droid of Solo: A Star Wars Story

When we deal with a Star Wars movie that means there are going to be droids. Droids have become a staple of the series in the best possible way and now that we have some information about Solo: A Star Wars Story that means we’re finally learning about the droid that’s going to be in this one. That droid is known as L3-37 and it’s being brought to life by actress Phoebe Waller Bridges. We learned more about the droid from Entertainment Weekly. She is going to be something a sidekick for Lando and according to Donald Glover they are both self-made.

I think they are both kind of self-made, and they get each other that way. It’s lovingly contentious. I don’t know if me and Phoebe were like this because I just love her. Being in a movie with her is kind of a blessing I didn’t even know I wanted. But she also is so smart she calls me out on it. It’s just cool to have somebody like that around, you know? Really funny and really honest.

The name is a play on the gamer lingo of 1337 or L33T to mean “elite”. Writer Jon Kasdan says that she’s something we haven’t seen before while actress Emilia Clarke says she fits into the mold of Han Solo surrounding himself with strong women.

“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.”

Writer Lawrence Kasdan went on the say that Bridges will really help bring the character to life along with L3’s relationship to Lando.

“She has a working relationship with Lando, and it’s very sophisticated and informed by years of working together,” says Lawrence Kasdan. “And, Phoebe, herself, is hilarious. The effect that she will appear in is amazing, but she comes through very strongly even with this astounding [CGI], both her humor and her physicality. If you meet Phoebe, she’s one of these people you just fall in love with immediately.”

Director Ron Howard also praised Bridges and said that L3 is capable of some very interesting conversations because of her higher IQ.

“Her AI is way up there in terms of IQ,” says 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.”

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Solo
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Writer Jon Kasdan explained that he and his father based the personality of L3 on women they know in their lives and she’s not going to be subservient to anyone.

“She’s an absolute engine, not just for comedy, but for point of view, and she’s got a very strong personality,” says Jon Kasdan, who said he and his father based her on people they knew. “Much like women in my life and Larry’s life that have just made their will known to us, she isn’t subservient. L3 is subservient to no one, which is a fun kind of droid to write.”

After the fantastic K-2SO in Rogue One and how much people have fallen in love with BB-8 it’s great that we’re getting another droid full of personality in the Star Wars universe. If she really catches on maybe they can find her in a storage closet somewhere in latter films. Provided she makes it through the movie.

Summary: Han Solo and Chewbacca’s adventures before joining the Rebellion, including their early encounters with Lando Calrissian.

Solo: A Star Wars Story, directed by Ron Howard, stars Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, and Thandie Newton. It will be released May 25th.

About Kaitlyn Booth

Kaitlyn is the Editor-in-Chief at Bleeding Cool. She loves movies, television, comics, and political satire. She's a member of the UFCA and the GALECA. Feminist. Writer. Nerd. Follow her on twitter @katiesmovies and @safaiagem on instagram. She's also a co-host at The Nerd Dome Podcast. Listen to it at http://www.nerddomepodcast.com

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