With Star Wars: The Last Jedi set to hit theaters at the end of the year, some details have been coming to light regarding the highly secretive saga installment.
One such concept includes what appears to be a new take on the Emperor’s Royal Guard. Making Star Wars reports they’re going to be referred to as Elite Praetorian Guards, all with slightly different design elements and weapons. Their helmets will look different, but they’ll all have similar breast plates and arm coverings.
Since there aren’t any images of the new characters that have hit the internet yet, Making Star Wars teamed with artist Lumberjack Nick to create a drawing based on their appearance.
Editor-in-Chief Jason Ward says they chose that specific guard to render to show how different hey are from the Royal Guard. The drawing also reveals the characters weapon, which has an energy blade jutting out along the edge.
Star Wars films have no shortage on great designs, but what remains to be seen is how these characters will be utilized on screen. There have been conflicting rumors about the guards mixing it up in action scenes or simply just standing around, much like Palpatine’s own guards.
Hopefully we learn more with another trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but that seems like wishful thinking. We’ll definitely find out for sure when the next movie premieres in theaters on December 15.
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the second film in the new Star Wars sequel trilogy that began with Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015. The film will deal with Luke training Rey to become a, and possibly the last, Jedi. Meanwhile, the Resistance, including Poe Dameron and First Order defector Finn, continues to fight against the First Order, led by General Hux, while Supreme Leader Snoke and his Dark Side follower Kylo Ren continue their mysterious plot.