Newswire: BB-8 is a boy, maybe

Settling a fiery debate that’s presumably led to more than its fair share of wannabe Jedi angrily bashing each other in the face with plastic lightsabers , a lead designer on Star Wars: The Force Awakens has mostly confirmed that newly iconic droid BB-8—a robot sphere with a dome on top of it—is probably a boy robot sphere with a dome on top of it.

As reported by /Film, Star Wars creature shop lead Neal Scanlan has hinted at a statement on the plastic soccer ball’s gender of choice, saying in an Entertainment Weekly interview, “BB-8 was female in our eyes. And then she became male.” Scanlon’s comments line up with earlier statements from director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy, who’ve both previously used female pronouns to refer to the plucky little droid. According to Scanlan, though, the change in robo-gender is “all …

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