Royal Visit to Star Wars Set Reveals a Classic Spacecraft is Returning for Episode 8

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 - 1:50PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: Episode VIII
Tuesday, 19 April 2016 - 1:50PM
Royal Visit to Star Wars Set Reveals a Classic Spacecraft is Returning for Episode 8
This morning, Royalty descended upon the UK set of Star Wars: Episode 8, and we're not talking about Princess Leia. Prince Harry and his brother, The Duke of Cambridge, scored a personal tour of Rian Johnson's set where they were met by geek icons like Mark Hamill, Chewbacca, and John Boyega.

As a Brit, the footage and images from this set visit gave me an unexpected blend of geek-joy and patriotism (Prince Harry hugging Chewie FTW!), but upon closer inspection it soon became clear that there was one very cool byproduct of this behind-the-scenes tour of the green-screened studio.  

While most of the pictures of the visit feature the same T-70 X-Wing from The Force Awakens, there were a couple of images which showed Prince Harry –a pilot of Apache helicopters during his time in the military– sitting in a completely different type of ship.


The image above is enough to give most Star Wars fans a hint at what we're driving at here, but if you need a little more evidence check out the image below.


Yep, it looks like Star Wars: Episode 8 will be bringing back another iconic Star Wars spacecraft. The A-Wing was first seen in Return of the Jedi, but has since gone on the work its way into Star Wars legend, with books from the old Expanded Universe and later Star Wars Rebels telling us that it was part of the Rebel fleet long before the Battle of Endor.


Credit: LucasFilm


Now, it looks as though the Resistance will be using what was once regarded as one of the fastest Starfighters in the galaxy to battle the increasingly powerful First Order. Hopefully we'll see a few upgrades to the original Rebel Alliance A-Wing design, but either way it's going to be nice to see a more varied look to the Resistance fleet, which up until now has been a bit X-Wing heavy.
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