Earlier today, director J.J. Abrams delivered the bad news that there will be no trailer, clips or any behind-the-scenes footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the D23 Convention in Anaheim, California this weekend. Thankfully, we have some good news on the Star Wars front, with Stitch Kingdom debuting two new photos from this highly-anticipated sci-fi adventure. The new images feature a massive gathering of The First Order Stormtroopers, along with these enemies coming under attack, presumably from Rebel forces.
There still isn't much we know about the history of the First Order, but it seems that this organization is based in principle on the foundations of the Galactic Empire. The Stormtroopers and TIE Fighters you see in these photos are certainly reminiscent of the Empire's soldiers and vehicles. This evil entity seemingly rose out of the ashes of the Galactic Empire, with a First Order toy description from Comic-Con revealing that these Stormtroopers were spread out across the galaxy when the Empire fell, and the rise of the First Order will usher in a "new era of ruthless brutality."
While it isn't clear in this first photo, there is a figure seen addressing these First Order Stormtroopers, who may very well be Domhnall Gleeson's General Hux, but we don't know for sure since his back is turned to the camera. We also briefly saw this scene at the beginning of a new international TV spot that featured just a few select seconds of new footage. While we wait for the new trailer that is supposed to debut sometime this fall, these new photos will have to suffice, at least until another international TV spot surfaces.
Domhnall Gleeson's General Hux is just one part of the villainous contingent in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, alongside Adam Driver as the villainous Kylo Ren, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma and Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke. John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac star as new heroes Finn, Rey and Poe Dameron. Original trilogy stars Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) also return to reprise their roles when Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18.
LucasFilm also announced a new contest dubbed Art Awakens, where fans can submit their Star Wars: The Force Awakens artwork to win a chance to have it displayed in a professional gallery. Fans can visit ArtAwakens.com for more details on how to submit your artwork. Check out the latest photos, and stay tuned for more on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, arriving in theaters December 18.