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Star Wars: The Last Jedi's Evil New Droid Had a Much Better Name While Filming

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If, like us, you’ve been buried under a mountain of news about the new Star Wars toys, then you’ve probably been introduced to BB-9E, a sinister First Order BB-Unit who will appear in The Last Jedi. Everyone’s already calling him the evil twin of BB-8, but it turns out little 9E had a different—and infinitely more delightful—name on set.


Rian Johnson revealed the tidbit on Twitter today as the deluge of new Star Wars merchandise featuring the black-and-silver droid hit the web:


BB-Hate! Johnson’s right, that is obscenely adorable. Plus, it rolls off the tongue a bit better than “9E” does.

Sorry, BB-9E, we’re just gonna call you BB-H8 now. Please don’t be too evil and get mad at us.

James is a News Editor at io9. He wants pictures. Pictures of Spider-Man!

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Me personally, I think BB-H8 is just a real cool name. Very cool.