From Snowtroopers to Clone troopers to Death
Discovered by Jedi Bibliothek, the new version of the First Order Stormtrooper includes an upgraded
Prior to The Force Awakens, Stormtroopers relied mostly on long-distance weapons, as Jedi had virtually become a thing of the past. However, the events of the original trilogy clearly inspired the First Order to upgrade their arsenal, introducing the
This new weapon appears to be some sort of melee device, designed for close quarters combat. The behind-the-scenes footage above also displays that the weapon can open and close, possibly to be used to disarm adversaries of energy-based weapons.
The black stripe on their helmet and shoulder pads also distinguish them from the rest of their armada, but it's yet to be seen if these troopers are meant to be more elite or if any other special classifications might come into play.
You can see The Last Jedi when it hits theaters on December 15.
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.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran.
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