With just under one year left until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters in December, fans are still clamoring for more information about this highly-anticipated sequel, set 30 years after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. Indie Revolver has gotten their hands on concept art which reveals a new design for the classic TIE Fighter ship. The new TIE Fighter design is quite a bit larger than the original, and as you can see in the photo below, this image could tease the presence of a new Emperor.
Standing at the base of the new TIE Fighter are two red-cloaked figures, which are likely Imperial Guard members. Indie Revolver notes that, in the original Star Wars trilogy, these members of the Imperial Guard clad in red were only seen when the Emperor was present, leading to speculation that a new Emperor could be revealed in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There is also another black TIE Fighter spotted in the background, which was featured in a previous piece of artwork labeled "TIE Fighter - Special Forces." There is speculation that this ship may be used by Gwendoline Christie's character, the commander of these Special Forces who reportedly sets off on a journey to track down John Boyega's Finn, a Stormtrooper who has gone AWOL.
Naturally, none of these details regarding the new TIE Fighter ship have been confirmed as of yet, but hopefully we'll get confirmed story details about director J.J. Abrams' highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens at some point in the new year. What do you think about the TIE Fighter's new look? Chime in with your thoughts below, and stay tuned for more Star Wars: The Force Awakens plot details.
New 'STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS' Concept Art features a redesigned TIE Fighter! pic.twitter.com/rSFx6Qkl0S— Superhero Feed (@SuperheroFeed) January 2, 2015