Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Star Wars Celebration Europe Key Art Revealed

This afternoon, Lucasfilm decided to get ahead of any future Rogue One leaks (following last week's treasure trove of images) by revealing some gorgeous artwork and brand-new details about the villains of the film. The key art for Star Wars Celebration Europe features the Millennium Falcon, Kylo Ren, Luke Skywalker, Rey, and Finn representing the Sequel Trilogy, but the majority of it appropriately focuses on the characters of Rogue One
Jyn Erso's goggles are reminiscent of the pair that Rey wears in her first scenes in The Force Awakens. Add that to Jyn's position directly underneath Rey, and you can bet that this artwork will rejuvenate the rumors of a parental connection between them (despite the fact that Daisy Ridley completely denied it). 
Cassian Andor is seen to the left of Jyn, while fellow rebels Chirrut and Baze are similarly armed to the teeth on the other side. It's worth noting that Chirrut's crossbow-like weapon matches up with what we saw in the leaked images. The sinister Director Krennic poses in the center. 

The Star Wars Show, the new and occasionally-cringeworthy official web series that first unveiled this key art, confirmed the names of the Imperial forces that the Rebels will be facing. The black-armored stormtroopers to the right of Krennic are known as death troopers, suggesting that they won't be taking prisoners when they hunt down the guys who stole the Death Star plans. 
In the bottom left corner stands the shoretrooper, a unit seemingly trained for beachside combat. You'd think that the Empire wouldn't need a whole specialized class of stormtrooper for such a specific type of conflict, but the trailer showed us that a significant portion of the film will take place on a beach terrain. 
The Imperial walkers on the far left were seen in the climax of the trailer. Apparently they're not just an earlier version of the classic AT-AT; they're known as AT-ACT's, All Terrain Armored Cargo Transports. We can only guess what kind of cargo these behemoths will be carrying in the film, but since our heroes were explicitly seen running towards the tanks (instead of fleeing for their lives), it must be something of value to the Rebel Alliance. Perhaps the Death Star plans themselves will be found in the AT-ACT's yellow-plated compartments. 
Star Wars Celebration Europe will be held July 15-17 in London, and it's rumored that the second trailer for Rogue One will premiere at the event. What do you think of the key art? Which Imperial trooper are you most excited for? Tell me in the comments or tweet to @SithObserver, and may the Force be with you all. 

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