Mandalorian season 2 includes a master droid, so who’s behind the costume (and the voice)? Meet Kathryn Elise Drexler and Chris Bartlett.
The mandalorian The season 2 episode “Chapter 12: The Siege” features a master droid from the 3PO series, so who’s behind the costume (and voice)? The character only makes a brief appearance, but serves as the centerpiece of an entertaining sequence involving Baby Yoda. Kathryn Elise Drexler voices the master droid in the Disney + series, and Chris Bartlett gives the character his moves.
In “Chapter 12: The Siege,” Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) arrives in Nevarro with The Child, and receives a suitable tour from Greef Karga (Carl Weathers) and Cara Dune (Gina Carano). The planet appears to be thriving, and a quick shot reveals that an IG-11 statue has been built across the street. Inside a school, Din Djarin learns that a droid is now teaching students, as evidenced by a lecture on the galaxy’s five major trade routes. Greef Karga informs Din Djarin that it is necessary to discuss business, so Baby Yoda flops into the classroom and quickly draws the attention of the other students.
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The master droid is seen trying to keep the children focused on the lesson, before the focus shifts to a mischievous Baby Yoda. A model similar to Luke Skywalker’s old friend C-3PO, the character has golden eyes and armory over partially exposed wiring. Although the master droid is unnamed, the captions identify the robot educator as the “female protocol droid,” while the credits identify Drexler and Bartlett as the “master droid.”
For Drexler, “Chapter 12: The Siege” marks his debut in the series The Mandalorian. She graduated from Columbia University and the Master of Fine Arts in Film Directing from UCLA, two of America’s leading film schools, and reportedly worked as an assistant to director Gina Prince-Bythewood. Drexler has appeared in three short films and recently made his television debut on Best Friend Type. Bartlett makes his fourth appearance in The Mandalorian, after previously appearing as a ferryman, Zero (Q9-0), and RA-7 Droid. Bartlett has played C-3PO numerous times on television since 2006, including an appearance at the 2016 Academy Awards.
Like many of the non-human characters in The mandalorian, the droid teacher is a combination of performances, in which one actor performs the physical performance and another the voice. However, that’s nothing compared to Baby Yoda, whose movements are the work of half a dozen puppeteers working simultaneously to control different parts of the adorable baby’s body, from his big ears to his macaron mouth.
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