Last month, we got our first look at the new Stormtrooper and Snowtrooper helmet designs for Star Wars: Episode VII, which is continuing to shoot in London. We have also heard rumors about new "chrome troopers" that will be appearing in this highly-anticipated sequel, although it was never clear how they fit into the story. Today, Indie Revolver has our first look at these Chrome Trooper helmets, along with details on who these imposing characters may be working for.
Check out the images below, then read on for more details:
While the first image shows the Chrome Trooper wearing a Jedi-like hood, these characters aren't expected to wear hoods in the movie. Unlike the classic Stormtrooper design, these Chrome Trooper masks do not have any vents on either side of the helmet, although they are clearly inspired by the original Stormtroopers. It isn't known if any of these masks will actually be removed during the film, but they do feature the "frown" similar to the Stormtroopers.
It has been assumed that the Chrome Troopers will have some sort of ties to the Imperial forces, but Indie Revolver's source reveals that these characters are actually part of a private security force for Adam Driver's character. The actor's character still hasn't been confirmed yet, with new rumors surfacing that he is playing a "wealthy aristocrat with an interest in Sith artifacts."
The site also speculates that artist Doug Chaing, the lead concept artist on the Star Wars prequel trilogy, created the illustrations shown above. It's worth noting that the Chrome Trooper helmet's aesthetics somewhat mirror the designs of the Naboo ships seen in the prequels, which could hint that Adam Driver's character hails from Naboo, the home planet of Natalie Portman's Padme Amidala in the prequels.