The highly anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi is definitely going to be epic as hell, and now we have one more reason to be super stoked. Photos have been released of the modernized AT-AT and Star Destroyer, and they look SERIOUS.
About the new AT-AT, Kevin Jenkins, Lucasfilm’s design supervisor explains:
“One of the questions that tied us up a lot is the fact that they’d been taken down by snowspeeders in ‘The Empire Strikes Back,’ and it felt like everyone else is trying to avoid the problem of a four-legged version of a walker because they had been defeated on Hoth. So I sort of took that on board and I suggested to Rian, ‘Well, instead of a dog, what about a gorilla?’ I can’t remember why I said a gorilla, but I just said, ‘They have a great stance, they are very aggressive,’ and that’s how the idea of the gorilla came. And literally in profile, I molded it over an actual photo of a gorilla to get the initial base pose. The front legs are very heavily armored, and you can see can almost up to the forearm. And again, that’s my take on, ‘You can’t take these down with a snowspeeder.’ They’ve armored up the front or maybe they just cut the ropes because they are too big now. Also, the way they are balanced now is like a gorilla, because their knuckles are turned backwards and they’ve got very high shoulders. They are a completely different poise. Maybe they could even sort of kneel down or something.”
And when it comes to the Dreadnought he says:
“We had all sorts of design ideas and things, but when seeing an early cut with Rian, I just remember straight afterwards we talked to each other and went, ‘We need guns.’ We tried radars because, obviously, you look at Return of the Jedi and there were radar dishes. There’s one on the Death Star. So it was also part of that retro, Flash Gordon-esque sci-fi thing, and we went down that path for a while, but then the cut just went, ‘Nah. Big guns. It just needs big guns.’”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15th.