Star Wars 8 Brings Back The Rebellion's Fastest Starfighter

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi A-Wing

Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought back many familiar elements to go along with its intentionally overly familiar story. In its effort to recreate A New Hope's climactic battle with an even bigger Death Star, the Resistance (the new Rebel Alliance) used iconic X-Wing starfighters and the Millennium Falcon to attack the First Order's (the new Empire) weapon of mass destruction which was defended by only a solo Star Destroyer and its TIE Fighters.

Since Episode VII takes place over 30 years after the events of the original Star Wars trilogy however, tech has evolved slightly so these were new models of TIEs, X-Wings, and Star Destroyers. But something was missing. What about the other Rebel and Imperial ships used in the final battle of Return of the Jedi, the staple spacecraft of their fleets as seen in countless other forms of Star Wars media (games, animated TV shows, books, toys, etc.)?

How can the Resistance plan a bombing on on the Starkiller base without... bombers? Are there not new Y-Wings to go along with the new X-Wings? Even those (the Y-Wings) were featured in A New Hope! And what about its successor, the B-Wing, as featured in Star Wars: Rebels and Return of the Jedi? The easy answer is that there was enough already in The Force Awakens to sell an entirely new line of toys and merchandise, and just like the original trilogy, new characters, locations and vehicles will be introduced (or in this case, re-introduced) in each new movie. That's why Rian Johnson's still-untitled Star Wars: Episode VIII brings back the A-Wing.

Here are some new revealing photos from the set that surfaced on Twitter thanks to The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry visiting the production at Pinewood Studios, obviously not having to sign any NDAs...

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