Purported New Concept Art For Star Wars: The Force Awakens Shows Appears To Show Darth Vader
Things have been (relatively) quiet on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens front recently, but a series of new images have emerged online claiming to contain leaked concept art from J.J Abrams highly secretive movie. Before we jump in, let me just say that there is no verification that these images, found on MilleniumFalcon.com, are genuine concept pieces, but what they contain is pretty exciting, so I wanted to share them anyway.
Firstly, and arguably most interestingly, here's a shot showing Darth Vader (or someone in his helmet) and a squad of Troopers setting something ablaze.
Yes, to some it might be a shock to see Vader, but rumors of flashback scenes containing him are incredibly common. However, what's more likely is that this is someone simply wearing Vader's helmet. In previous concept pieces we've seen shots of Vader's battered helmet being held by a mysterious cloaked figure, so could it be that this shot is a continuation of that arc?
What really intrigues me about this particular shot is the watermark over the top of it, which appears to spell out the name, Neil Lamont. Neil Lamont is an art director who has worked on a number of big budget movies, including the Harry Potter series and more recently, Edge of Tomorrow. Lamont isn't credited as working on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but his daughter, Ashley is on the movie's art department. I'm sure there's a link missing there, but it's certainly something to chew on.
The next shot appears to show Max Von Sydow's character who, if you ask me, appears to look rather force sensitive in this shot. It's not clear if he's leaning towards the light or the dark side in this image, but the dashes of red behind him definitely have me leaning towards the dark side.
Finally, here's a concept piece showing some form of ship, which I will be honest, looks like something I used to make out of Legos when I was a kid. I'm undecided as to whether or not that's a good thing...
What do you make of this artwork? Is the tenuous link to the Lamont family enough to the Lamont art family (Ashley's Grandfather is Peter Lamont who worked on a number of big movies) enough to convince you these are real?