The newest addition to a galaxy far, far away, L3-37, is a “self-made” droid who joins the crew in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The character is played by the creator, writer, and star of “Fleabag,” Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Waller-Bridge brought her writing skills to set, with director Ron Howard saying the actress was “so inventive, a lot of the best lines were ad-libs on the day.” Incredibly resourceful, L3-37 actually created herself by putting together scraps of other droids. She’s mainly a combination of astromech and protocol parts.
“Star War” fans may recognize these terms, as R2-D2 is an astromech and his polite companion C-3PO is a protocol. She’s often seen hanging out with Lando Calrissian, played by triple-threat Donald Glover, serving as his navigator and co-pilot on board the iconic Millennium Falcon. They have a complicated relationship, to say the least, and the line between love and hate is very small. L3-37 views Lando as a thorn in her side — a silly thing she constantly has to deal with.
Not only did Waller-Bridge bring the voice of L3-37 to life, she played the character on set, robot costume and all. L3-37 might just be the most sentient droid in the “Star Wars” universe, with Howard describing her as “connected to feelings in ways that are still droid-like, but the lines are blurring.” This characteristic only adds to L3-37’s huge superiority complex — at one point in the film, she calls Han Solo a “presumptuous ass” for sitting in her seat.
“Solo: A Star Wars Story” is in theaters now.