AL1-L3, nicknamed "Allie," was a protocol droid that served in the administrative center of the Pyke Syndicate's spice mines on the planet Kessel. After witnessing a droid revolution sparked by the droid L3-37 in 10 BBY, AL1-L3 saw a glimpse of independence that survived in the back of her processors when she was later scrapped and recycled.
AL1-L3 slowly rebuilt herself and began to work as a cargo hauler for droid clientele. In 35 ABY, she heeded the call of L3-37's old allies Lando Calrissian and Chewbacca to aid the Resistance in defeating Darth Sidious and the Sith Eternal on the planet Exegol. After the Resistance and its allies emerged victorious, AL1-L3 returned to the Resistance base on the moon Ajan Kloss to celebrate.
Inspiration on Kessel
AL1-L3 started out as a protocol droid with feminine programming who was forced to work in the administrative center of the criminal Pyke Syndicate's spice mines on the planet Kessel. In 10 BBY, she witnessed a slave and droid uprising within the mine led by the self-made droid L3-37. Shortly afterward, AL1-L3 was scrapped for disobedience and recycled, but she slowly rebuilt herself over the decades and gained more independence. Going by AL1-L3 or "Allie," she began operating as a cargo hauler for exclusively droid clientele and was at some point supplied with a cape by the Droid Gotra.
In 35 ABY, AL1-L3 was one of the many unaffiliated pilots who heeded the Resistance agents Lando Calrissian and Chewbacca's call for aid in helping to defeat the forces of the Sith Eternal above the planet Exegol. Calrissian and Chewbacca, who both fought alongside L3-37 in her revolution, guided the huge fleet of volunteers through the hyperspace anomalies of the Unknown Regions to Exegol, where they immediately engaged the Sith Eternal's fleet of Xyston-class Star Destroyers.
Exegol and aftermath
Shortly after AL1-L3 and her allies arrived, the Sith Lord Darth Sidious disabled the starships of the Resistance and their allies with a massive burst of Force lightning; however, once he diverted his attention to fighting the Jedi Rey, the ships became operational again, and the battle recommenced. Ultimately, the Resistance and its allies triumphed and destroyed the fleet.
AL1-L3 was among those who returned to the Resistance base on the jungle moon Ajan Kloss in order to celebrate. During the celebration, she walked alone past the droids BB-8 and D-O reuniting before standing with the bounty hunter Seleno Chandro and pilot Kid Malmash and gesturing animatedly while the pirate Maz Kanata met with Chewbacca.
AL1-L3 built herself into a bipedal droid with white plating, yellow photoreceptors, and a large amount of exposed internal black components. Seeing L3-37's rebellion offered her a powerful glimpse of an independent future, and it was this spark of independence that survived in the back of her processors as she was recycled.
AL1-L3 carried two paired, white Glie-44 blaster pistols with a thermal detonator and wore the striped brown cape supplied to her by the Droid Gotra as a serape. She used tan and white ablative heat-shielding as a processor helmet with two small antennae.
Behind the scenes
- "I was really pleased with this version—her cool femininity combined with the idea of a droid accessorising with a poncho, plus with the gun holsters. She obviously has some independent purpose."
- ―Jake Lunt Davies
AL1-L3 was portrayed by Stephanie Silva in the 2019 sequel trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker, and was first identified in the accompanying reference book Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary, which was written by Pablo Hidalgo.
Concept art of AL1-L3 titled "Dragon 21" was drawn for the film by creature concept designer Jake Lunt Davies and was based on an old design for L3-37 from the 2018 film, Solo: A Star Wars Story, which itself had been based on a design for a droid meant to appear in Canto Casino in the 2017 film Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi. Davies was pleased with the final design's femininity and use of a poncho and holsters.
The character's undersuit, leather holsters, and other soft costume parts were fabricated by Fiona Pollard with the hard edged parts such as the chest, back plates, and headpiece made by Sean Schofield, who also provided the paint work. The electronics in the headpiece were created by Lee Towersey, and the poncho was provided by the costuming department. The droid's guns were provided by the film's prop department, but the thermal detonator was created by Schofield years earlier for a Secret Cinema event. The costume had limited visibility and, although she had Phill Woodfine guiding her via earpiece, Silva at one point accidentally uppercut an extra with one of her guns.
- Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Screen Comix
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary (First identified as AL1-L3)
- The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
- "Protocol and Service Droids" – Star Wars Encyclopedia
Notes and references
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary states that AL1-L3 was scrapped after a revolution on Kessel, but later rebuilt herself. The events of Solo: A Star Wars Story, including the revolution, are dated to nine years after the formation of the Galactic Empire by Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the Empire's formation to 19 BBY. Therefore, the events of Solo, including the revolution, are set in 10 BBY.
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
- Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary states that the events of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker occur thirty five years after the Battle of Yavin. As Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the Battle of Yavin to 0 BBY, the events of The Rise of Skywalker, which includes AL1-L3's appearance, must occur in 35 ABY.
- Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
- The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker