A new character will appear on next Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi. His name is BB-9E and is a droid. It will be the counter-part, the dark side version of BB-8.
We don’t have a story behind new character, yet. What we know is that it will be a part of Astromech unit of the First Order.
Disney executive Jimmy Pitaro said:
“Since Star Wars became a cultural phenomenon 40 years ago, consumer products have been a critical part of the fan experience, helping to introduce new audiences to the franchise’s rich stories and characters. Technology-powered storytelling is at the core of the ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ product line, and will immerse fans in the Star Wars universe like never before.”
The new droid appeared as a new toy from Sphero toy company new Star Wars collection Thursday and it was part of the global Force Friday II.
The new droid as a toy variant can be seen here: http://www.sphero.com/starwars/bb9e
See the new toys launched Thursday in the video below