Rise of Skywalker art book reveals how Babu Frik went from insect to fan favorite

For many Star Wars fans, The Rise of Skywalker lives and dies by its unexpected breakout character, the teeny-tiny droidsmith known as Babu Frik. The character (voiced by Harry Potter’s Shirley Henderson) proves instrumental in helping our heroes locate the Sith wayfinder, but before he was hacking into C-3PO’s head, Babu was in the food-service industry. According to The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (on sale next week), an early idea called for the story’s protagonists to cross paths with an 18-inch alien “directing traffic” in the “chaotic kitchen” of a galactic speakeasy.

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