New Leaked 'Last Jedi' Trooper Designs Suggest The First Order's About to Get Scarier

Friday, 09 June 2017 - 11:27AM
Star Wars
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Friday, 09 June 2017 - 11:27AM
New Leaked 'Last Jedi' Trooper Designs Suggest The First Order's About to Get Scarier
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After the deluge of new character details and revelations that came from Vanity Fair's Last Jedi cover story (which included the fact that Mark Hamill 'fundamentally disagreed' with how Luke is being portrayed), we now have a new slew of Star Wars images to pore over: designs for new key First Order troops and a new transport, the AT-M6, have leaked online, and they're certainly colorful.

That said, no matter how tall, imposing, and puppety Supreme Leader Snoke might be, it turns out that his personal bodyguards will dress in red garb that looks very reminiscent of the guards who follow Emperor Palpatine around.




It's worth assuming that these guards will be slightly less ineffectual than Palpatine's guys—there's more motion and ferocity in these images. That is, assuming that the motion from this picture isn't the result of them being Force-Pushed against a wall, as occurs in Revenge of the Sith. Alternatively, perhaps all the red splashes around the guard is meant to be taken literally, as some paint seems to have sloshed onto a Stormtrooper as well:




This trooper perfectly matches up with a design that has been rumored for some time, which will apparently have some kind of spinning blade weapon.

Alternatively, the weapon the trooper is holding in this picture could be some kind of giant hammer, suggesting that these new troops will appear in some kind of extended comedic DIY scene, where the First Order hurriedly attempts to build an AT-AT, before discovering that they've accidentally made a giant robot gorilla (the AT-M6) instead:




It's hard to tell from these images, but it looks like the AT-M6 might be hump-backed because it has a giant cannon on its top. These new resources for the First Order are conspicuous by their absence in The Force Awakens, but as The Last Jedi is expected to follow the plot of The Empire Strikes Back pretty closely, it makes sense that the bad guys will have access to previously unheard-of military power.

This is a pretty necessary inclusion in the movie, as in order to make a movie that feels as tense, dark, and dangerous as Empire, Rian Johnson really has his work cut out for him. The last new Star Wars movie we got was Rogue One, which really knocked things out of the park when it came to making things feel desperate and intense—especially in the last half-hour of the movie.

As such, in order to make the First Order feel comparable, The Last Jedi needs to introduce big new threats—otherwise, audiences may feel underwhelmed by the movie's stakes.

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi hits US theaters on December 15th, 2017.
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