So far this summer, Star Wars fans have been given a healthy dose of information and imagery from the first of the upcoming Star Wars anthology films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Thanks to recent events such as Star Wars Celebration 2016 in London and the much beloved San Diego Comic-Con, Rogue One continues to maintain an impressive (and intriguing) presence that seems to grow with each passing day.
Though Rogue One still has several months left to go before it hits theaters, the hype surrounding the film is definitely beginning to feel as enchanting as past Star Wars releases. As fans eagerly await the next reveal from the film, the potential for new arrivals seems limitless – new characters, weapons, villains and gear – it genuinely feels like anything could pop up next.
As it happens, the latest bit of Rogue One imagery has now arrived courtesy of The Star Wars Show. The program revealed a new still that features the U-Wing vehicle, officially titled the INCOM UT-60D, which is specifically utilized as a transport and gunship for rebel troops. As creative executive for LucasFilm Story Group Matt Martin explains in the above video (starting at 1:24), the aircraft is used to bring troops into heavy fire zones and depart from those hot spots as quickly as possible. Take a look at the still and some additional shots of the U-Wing:
The wings of the INCOM UT-60D move to suit the task that the aircraft is undertaking – from a set back position to a more closed, fork-like placement that is likely used for defense when moving into hostile territory, as well as into direct battle. Oddly enough, this isn’t the first time that Star Wars fans have seen the aircraft. Last year at Anaheim’s Star Wars Celebration 2015, the U-Wing could be seen in the first unveiled piece of Rogue One concept art, dropping off troops during a heavy rainstorm. Our most recent look at the U-Wing is far more elaborate, however, allowing fans to finally get a full understanding of what the aircraft is and what its duties involve.
As much as Rogue One plans on doing things slightly differently from the original Star Wars films – for example, the apparent lack of an opening text crawl – what has been revealed thus far for the standalone film is exciting, to say the least. It’s too early to cast any solid judgements on the film yet, but what’s been seen so far points to a world and a plot that some could argue is as dense and original as last year’s The Force Awakens should have been.
Indeed, Gareth Edward’s Rogue One will have some mighty big shoes to fill, but with every passing day and reveal, the film seems to continually build its momentum. Come December, audiences will be more than ready to dive into this new anthology and nothing we’ve seen thus far has given any indication that what’s in store won’t be true to the overall Star Wars mythology.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.
Source: The Star Wars Show