Newly leaked images from Star Wars: The Last Jedi give fans another look at Supreme Leader Snoke's Praetorian Guards, the First Order "gorilla walkers" that will be used during the battle on Crait, and a new stormtrooper outfit. Though there are six months to go until the film premieres (as of this writing), viewers are already impatiently counting down the days. Following the release of the first teaser trailer at Celebration Orlando and a massive cover story chock full of details in Vanity Fair, anticipation for the eighth chapter in the Skywalker saga has only increased as everyone analyzes what has already been unveiled.
In the Disney era, Lucasfilm has done an excellent job of preventing plot spoilers from coming out before people see the movie, but even they cannot prevent every single leak from getting out. Just recently, a handful of Last Jedi rumors were seemingly confirmed when Episode VIII LEGO set packaging made its way online. Of course, not every alleged "leak" is 100 percent accurate, but it would appear some artwork that's been posted is indeed actually from the final product.
The pictures first emerged on the Templo Jedi Aztlan Facebook page, and Star Wars News Net confirmed their validity. It is said these are mainly for tie-in merchandise that will be released at a later date. Among the batch is a glimpse at one of Snoke's red clad guards, what amounts to character posters for a majority of the principal cast, and designs for the First Order AT-M6 walkers. You can check them out for yourself by clicking the link below
One of the more eye-catching images included here is the new First Order stormtrooper armor, which has red shoulder plates and a partially red helmet. It is referred to as a Stormtrooper Officer and the one in the photo is holding an "axe-like weapon." It was previously speculated The Last Jedi would feature an "executioner stormtrooper" that plays a similar role the the viral sensation TR-8R from The Force Awakens, and this could be a version of that. Other characters in the set are Rey (with her new look), Kylo Ren (donning a cape sans helmet), Finn, Rose Tico, Poe Dameron, BB-8, R2-D2, Chewbacca, and Captain Phasma. Interestingly, Luke Skywalker and General Leia are not seen, despite both having key parts in the sequel. As for the pictures of the guard and walkers, they aren't anything truly new, per se, but it's still nice for fans to get another look at them as the buildup for Episode VIII continues. The First Order walker certainly bears resemblance to the Empire's AT-ATs, but there are slight differences such as the cannon directly above the cockpit.
With D23 right around the corner, it will be interesting to see if Lucasfilm uses the convention to share any more Star Wars 8 details. The studio will have a presence during the live-action films panel, but it's long been expected that is when they will start to get the ball rolling on promoting the young Han Solo anthology film. Of course, Marvel Studios is frequently promoting two or more movies at once, so Lucasfilm could do the same and give fans some more Last Jedi nuggets to chew on before releasing a full trailer. Time will tell.
Source: Star Wars News Net
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