Disney Reveals The Origin Story Of Fan-Favourite STAR WARS: TFA Character 'TR-8R'
The Stormtrooper who labelled Finn a traitor and engaged him in battle has become a viral sensation, generating almost countless memes and parody videos. Disney has taken notice, and a post on StarWars.com reveals the surprising origin story of this unexpected fan-favourite...
It turns out that TR-8R has a name! That's FN-2199, and we know that he and Finn have quite a bit of history. Known as "Nines" to his friends, this member of The First Order actually appears in Greg Rucka's book, Before the Awakening, and it's there that we learn he trained and served alongside FN-2187 (a.k.a Finn). StarWars.com goes on to add that, "There’s a reason that Nines gets to use an awesome weapon (which is called a Z6 baton). He’s riot control, and part of an elite squad that enforces order or squashes uprisings. While their weapons are non-lethal in theory, the Z6 can definitely cause harm or kill an opponent when used with brute force." If you're wondering who provided his voice, it was David Acord, a sound editor from Skywalker Sound. Meanwhile Liang Yang, a stunt performer, was the one in the costume itself. The redhead in the image above is FN-2199. And that ladies and gentlemen, is the story of TR-8R! Are you a fan of this backstory?
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