So we’re here: describing what things look like in Star Wars: Episode VII. That’s the demand for this movie, and by the time it opens, we’ll probably be able to see the whole thing in our mind’s eye. We’ve also probably overused the “spoiler” tag because some of this stuff is just visual and in no way reflects the plot. Also, as a side note, there’s a big, super-spoilery plot point that surfaced recently, and I want to reassure everyone we will not post or report on the massive spoiler that recently circulated. There’s a line, and we won’t cross it. I don’t even know what it is, and I wouldn’t share with you something I wasn’t willing to learn for myself.
That all being said, spoilers ahead on some descriptions for droids, vehicles, and stormtroopers in Star Wars: Episode VII, which opens December 18, 2015.
All of these reports come from Making Star Wars, which probably has someone on the inside with access to concept art and storyboards.
First up, there’s a junker ship belonging to Daisy Ridley‘s character, “Kira” (not the official character name as far as we know). Here’s part of the description:
Kira has a junker ship which has tow cables that detach from it to pull junk across the sandy planet on which she lives. The cockpit is in the center of the ship and is not unlike a B-29 Bomber. Stylistically it reminds me of the ships from Terminator that attack John Conor’s [sic] rebels. The cockpit holds two pilots in the front and there is probably room for more in the short fuselage. The back of the ship fans out. There are no weapons as it is not an attack ship.
The ship has four engines, large engines. The large engines on the bottom are on the sides while two smaller engines sit above it, but close together. Imagine an X-wing fighter from Episode IV if the engines on the bottom where bigger. In some depictions the top of the ship has two X-wing engines for the smaller engines.
She’s also helped by an alien-pig creature that’s helping her tow an X-Wing fighter.
Moving on, there will be at least one droid other than R2 in the movie, but this one isn’t an R2 unit:
The droid is smaller than R2-D2 and Chopper. His head is just above the knee, but not quiet to the hip, he’s tiny. His head is silver like Artoo-Detoo but his markings are orange (Note: I originally reported the droid’s markings as being red, but I should have said orange). He has a single eye and two antennas on the top of his head. His neck has a black covering that kind of accordions when he looks around and connects to his body. He is similar to something you might see in Wall-E mixed with one of the senate cams in Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace. He has a holographic projector in the same place as Artoo-Detoo as well. His head looks up.
Even Making Star Wars refers to this kind of reporting as “Star Wars Snapshots” because we don’t know how this droid figures into anything, but now we know what it looks like. Remember all the background droids in all of the other movies? It could be just that important, but we now have a detailed description of a droid.
Finally, we previously reported on the “chrome stormtroopers”, and Making Star Wars says these troopers have a commander, possibly played by Gwendoline Christie. Here’s the costume description (photo via indierevolver):
The eyes are more like a classic Stormtrooper’s eyes as opposed to the Star Wars: Episode VII Stormtrooper’s visor look. There’s a chance this changed but with what I looked at, it was like the classic Stormtrooper. The left side of the helmet has a communication type device that moves down and isn’t on the ride side of the helmet. The part underneath the head helmet, the face area, reminds me of a folded napkin (with a Stormtrooper face printed on it) if that makes sense. It doesn’t have the rounded trim at the bottom like the classic Storntrooper, it’s almost like Darth Vader’s mask in a way.
The center of the helmet is black, where the commander’s forehead would be and its kind of like a really tamed centurion (like the AT-AT driver). The armor is very much like the new Stormtrooper chest piece. The character wears a black cape with red lining on the inside.
So now you can picture these things well ahead of the movie assuming they’re actually in the finished feature and aren’t early renderings. Or perhaps they’re forwarded descriptions from what’s being filmed on set. But if this stuff is true, then the visualization for Episode VII is coming ever so slightly into focus.
Here’s some more of our recent Star Wars: Episode VII coverage:
- STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Concept Image Depicts Epic Lightsaber Duel
- The STAR WARS: EPISODE VII and BATMAN V SUPERMAN War Continues with a First Official Look at the Return of the Millennium Falcon
- Obi-Wan Kenobi Spin-off Possibly in the Works; New STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Rumors Revealed
- STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Elements Could Pop Up in STAR WARS REBELS; Daisy Ridley’s Costume Revealed?
- STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Set Pics Reveal Life-Sized Millenium Falcon and X-Wing Ships
- Rumor: STAR WARS Sequels to “Redefine Longform Storytelling”; Will Integrate Cartoons, Books, Comics
- Adam Driver Highlights the Importance of Keeping STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Grounded
- Rian Johnson Talks STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII; Praises the Use of Practical Effects on EPISODE VII