In the wake of the release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in cinemas, memes have taken off revolving around two key aspects of it. One of the two involves the friendship of Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Finn (John Boyega) being more than mere bromance – notably due to the body language during the infamous “jacket” scene.
The other, and more widely reported one, has been about the First Order stormtrooper fans have designated TR-8R. Though Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma was dubbed the Boba Fett of the new trilogy by Lucasfilm ahead of release, her character proved a disappointment and this baton-twirling trooper, who has one line and a fight scene with Finn, has essentially moved into that position instead.
Now Lucasfilm has revealed some backstory about the character. Dubbed FN-2199 (aka. ‘Nines’), the character was introduced in Greg Rucka’s book “Before the Awakening” and trained and served on a squad with Finn (then FN-2187) in the First Order. His weapon is called a Z6 baton and he’s part of an elite squad of riot controllers.
Skywalker Sound sound editor David Acord provided the voice for the character, while veteran stunt performer Liang Yang performed in the suit on-set.