A new set of stormtrooper helmets that may appear in Star Wars: Rogue One have purportedly been revealed, after an image of them was released online.
Star Wars: Rogue One cast member Donnie Yen posted the photo to Instagram, as IGN notes. Though the actor didn’t specifically state that they are intended to appear in the film, the photo was pulled from his account shortly after it was posted and attracted attention.
“I am the force and I fear nothing… Going to put this in my company’s display room,” the post read.
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The image depicts what is clearly a stormtrooper helmet from the original trilogy era of Star Wars, which fits with the timeframe surrounding Rogue One. The film is set to detail the Rebel mission which resulted in the theft of the Death Star plans, taking place just before A New Hope. What has set fans abuzz, however, are the two helmets that flank the stormtrooper’s in the image.
On one side of the photo, a black helmet sits perched, looking like a variation on headgear that was worn by various Imperial troops in the original Star Wars trilogy. On the other side of the stormtrooper helmet sits a beige mask which has little precedent in Star Wars canon, though as Entertainment Weekly points out, some elements of it resemble the scout trooper helmets worn by Endor troops in Return of the Jedi.
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Though Entertainment Weekly reached out to Lucasfilm sources, they received no response regarding the new headgear. It remains unclear whether the helmets are full-sized versions or smaller mock-ups, as no real context exists within the photo. Fans have already begun to speculate regarding the weather-beaten appearance of the beige helmet, suggesting that it might be camouflaged for desert battle on a world like Tatooine or Jakku.
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Rogue One has generated a significant amount of controversy in recent days, when it was announced that Lucasfilm intends to resurrect actor Peter Cushing using digital animation for the upcoming film. The project has been described as one of the most expensive CGI undertakings ever, as Lucasfilm reportedly intends to make Grand Moff Tarkin (the character portrayed by Cushing in Star Wars: A New Hope) a key part of the film.
Directed by Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards, Star Wars: Rogue One is set to open in theaters on December 16, 2016.
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