Stormtroopers. They’re sturdy. Reliable. They can’t shoot to save their lives, but they’re always around when you need them. At the same time, they are exactly the type of soldier that you can easily upgrade, which is what the Star Wars franchise did over the years, every time a new movie came out. Original Stormtroopers gave way to First Order Stormtroopers. Now that we’re going back to pre-A New Hope days with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, fans probably expected that we’d return to the traditional, but you would be wrong.



There are at least two types of new Stormtroopers that will be introduced by director Gareth Edwards in December’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Death Troopers, part of the Imperial Military, were shown in the first trailer for Rogue One (which I’ll include below). And a new piece of key art for Star Wars Celebration – Europe just gave us the first clear look at a Shoretrooper, which Wookiepedia describes as "a variant of the Galactic Empire’s stormtroopers." These soldiers, also, were shown ever so briefly in that full Rogue One trailer, but were not indentified until the third episode of The Star Wars Show dropped the name on us. Here’s the Rogue One trailer. You can see these new guys, briefly, around the 1:15 moment of the trailer, during the beach battle.

It’s during this sequence that we’re also shown the new class of AT-AT that will be storming the beaches. This one is called the AT-ACT, which the show says "stands for All-Terrain, Armored Cargo Transport." So they bring the heavies to the battle, to make the Rebellion suffer. Got it:



The trick with Rogue One becomes, how much original stuff can you introduce, since the story sits between two movies that we’ve already seen. The plot of Rogue One catches up on the action between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Logically, we all know that new characters like Death Troopers and Shoretroopers can be introduced because we have new filmmakers, and it’s 2016! But in the context of the story, will we be wondering why AT-ACTs weren’t employed in Empire Strikes Back Or Return of the Jedi? How come Shoretroopers didn’t join the Battle of Endor?

We’ll look for answers when Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters in December 16.

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