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Take a Look at a New First Order Starship and Walker from 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

Posted on Friday, August 25th, 2017 6:43 PM

As we approach the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which opens in theaters December 15th, 2017, we're sure to get an increasing amount of promotional material from the studio. An example of that is the release this week of images of two new vehicles for the First Order: the Dreadnought warship and the AT-M6 walker.

Image by StarWars.com

The new vehicles were shown in an article published this week on StarWars.com, where you can see larger views of each, as well as some Q&A with design supervisor Kevin Jenkins. He discusses where the ideas came from and how they are evolutionary improvements from the Star Destroyer and AT-AT walker designs that were seen in previous movies:

StarWars.com: Let’s start with the Dreadnought. Can you tell me about coming up with the design and how closely you were working with Rian Johnson to bring it to life?

Kevin Jenkins: All of my work was with [director Rian Johnson]. Direct with Rian. The Dreadnought didn’t actually come to life until we got into post [production]. We had made some passes that were similar that Rian had approved that were on set, but it kind of turned into the final version that we are seeing now when we were in the post process, and we were going into full model-build stage. Basically, it evolved from story reasons because Rian needed a new battleship in the script called the Dreadnought.


StarWars.com: Let’s jump over to the AT-M6. Walkers are a huge part of Star Wars and a fan-favorite thing. We see them in the original trilogy, the prequels, the animated series. So in coming up with a new kind of walker here for the sequel trilogy, what did you want to accomplish and what direction was Rian giving you?

Kevin Jenkins: Well, there were a few ideas that were kicking around before we came up with this idea. Funny, just before I took a vacation, sort of half way through preproduction, I talked to Rian about “what is a walker.” We went through this whole discussion about iteration. Iteration, to me, makes more sense than random walker design. So we talked about the way a Sherman tank in World War II evolved into an Abrams tank, for various reasons, or a Chieftain tank, or a Challenger, or whatever you want to say.

Click the Read link below to view the full article.

I'm a big fan of the AT-AT walker scenes from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, and seeing them in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was one of the highlights of the movie for me, so I'm excited to see how they're going to use walkers in the new movie! The fact that they're thinking about how warfare would be causing the instruments used to evolve is very cool.

There will be much more about the movie in the coming months, so be sure to add Star Wars: The Last Jedi to your Favorite Movies list to stay up to date on all the latest news!

Images above are by Lucasfilm Ltd.

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