Are these Star Wars: Episode VII's new Stormtroopers?

Are these Star Wars: Episode VII's new Stormtroopers?

By Stephen Kelly

Friday 15 August 2014 at 12:36PM

Hopefully not too many Bothan spies died for this information: photos of what are apparently new designs for the Stormtroopers have – again, we stress the apparently – leaked out of the production of Star Wars: Episode VII.

If true, then the pictures back up fan theories from last month's reveal of the film's new X-Wing: that JJ Abrams will be subtly updating the Star Wars universe, without tarnishing the original film's aesthetic. 

See the pictures below. 

See? Not that bad. The next one appears to be more of a drastic change, but doesn't look too dissimilar to the Snowtroopers that feature in The Empire Strikes Back. 

As you may have guessed from the watermark, the pictures were obtained by film blog Indie Revolver, who say that they have "reliable information" that they're the real deal. Star Wars: Episode VII have not officially confirmed them as genuine, however. If it does turn out that they are fan-made designs, though, then they are very impressive fan-made designs – ones that certainly feel more like Star Wars that the prequel trilogy's Clone troopers did. 

Star Wars: Episode VII is scheduled for release in UK cinemas on 18th December 2015.

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