What to know about BB-8's evil Star Wars twin, BB-9E
The First Order has upped its cuteness level for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Unveiled Thursday for Force Friday II, the villainous droid BB-9E is an early breakout star from the film, which doesn’t arrive in theaters until Dec. 15.
As noted by Sphero, which released the app-enabled droid for home use, BB-9E “is a menacing astromech droid of the First Order” that “specializes in keeping starships and machinery fully operational.”
Little is known how BB-9E will factor into the film, but director Rian Johnson did reveal one tidbit about the breakout droid: his onset nickname.
“Just be thankful we didn’t stick with his obscenely adorable on set nickname, BB-H8,” Johnson wrote on Twitter.
On social media, BB-9E was quickly embraced.