Star Wars has entranced generations of fans with its wide, rich, and dynamic world-building since its conception. Because of Disney’s acquisition of this intellectual property, the ‘Star Wars’ universe has grown to include a wider range of characters and places.
Web series “The Book of Boba Fett,” about a former bounty hunter and current Mos Espa criminal lord (Temuera Morrison) Boba Fett, maintains this trend by bringing back familiar faces while also introducing new ones. There is one figure in particular that has drawn attention from fans, a droid dubbed UK2-B. What you need to know about UK2-B may be found here. SPOILER ALERT!
In the fan community, there is considerable disagreement about which droid is UK2-B. Matt Berry, the British comedian, and actor noted for playing Laszlo Cravensworth in the horror-comedy series ‘What We Do in the Shadows,’ has been credited as the voice of UK2-B, the smelting droid that appears in the scene when Boba conducts court.
Berry’s voice is instantly identifiable by certain fans, who immediately made the connection between him and UK2-B. Although his name appears in the pilot episode’s end credits alongside Morrison and Ming-Na Wen (who portrays Fennec Shand), Berry’s character’s identity is not revealed. The closing credits list Chris Bartlett as the performer who created UK2-B, which may have caused some to believe that Berry is in fact UK2-B.
This is still possible, but it’s becoming less so. The individual in question is referred to as 8D8 in the episode’s captions and subtitles. ‘Star Wars’ characters R2-D2 and C-3PO are now nearly as recognisable as 8D8 in the series. Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi’ is where we first see him. He is a male Roche Hive 8D-Series Smelter Droid (1983).
Roche Hive first designed him to do out routine household tasks. In Jabba the Hutt’s Droid Torture Chamber, he served directly under MerenData EV-series supervisor droid, EV-9D9, after he had been lobotomized and reprogrammed. It wasn’t until many years after Jabba’s death that 8D8 was reactivated by Boba, who had taken over Jabba’s criminal empire.
For whatever reason, 8D8 still appears to like torturing people, even after this lengthy time of inactivity. Astonished, 8D8 states that the Daimyo of the criminal world must project power on Tatooine if Boba is to be regarded as the Daimyo of the criminal world by refusing to torture the two faithful Gamorrean guards of Jabba the Hutt and Bib Fortuna.
“Matt Berry voices 8D8,” Lucasfilm creative chief Pablo Hidalgo said on Twitter, pointing out that “the subtitles indicate the droid’s name.” “UK2-B is something different” and “8D8 did not need a performance artist,” he explained in a subsequent tweet. This means that UK2-B appears in the pilot episode, but he is not voiced by Berry and he is not the droid in the Gamorrean scene. As a result, it is more likely to be one of the other droids that appear in the episode and may return again in the future.