Whether they’re storming the beaches of Scarif or laying siege to a Rebel base on Hoth, the Imperial AT-AT walkers are an iconic cornerstone of the Star Wars universe – but they’re also a vulnerable one. Propped up on four huge bionic legs, the All Terrain Armored Transport vehicles are so often prone to ground attacks and tow-cables; however, if a new report from Making Star Wars holds true, it seems that the First Order have developed a weapon far superior to those old-school AT-ATs.
Citing sources close to the production of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the outlet claims Rian Johnson’s sci-fi sequel will introduce viewers to a vehicle known as the First Order Heavy Assault Walker. And no, it’s not exactly the model glimpsed on Starkiller Base; rather, these hulking goliaths are much more heavily armored, with thick mechanical legs capable of withstanding loose rockets and blasters. Said to be almost twice the size of the standard AT-AT Walker, these gorilla-esque beasts will allegedly feature in a “large sequence” during The Last Jedi – likely some form of ground battle with the Resistance. Making Star Wars’ post originally featured a sketch of those machines in action, but it’s since been pulled, so make of that what you will.
In related news, we also have confirmation that former Take That star Gary Barlow will enjoy a small cameo role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and now joins a list of people that includes Tom Hardy and princes William and Harry of England.
ITV caught up with the singer just recently, at which point he hesitantly confirmed his involvement by stating:
“I’m not a stormtrooper, but I am in it. Now I’ve said that, I’ll probably be out,” he added. “I think the Star Wars people are so strict about what information [is divulged]. So me saying that, I’ve probably just done myself out of a role.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is on course for a release on December 15th and don’t worry, Carrie Fisher’s role remains unchanged despite her tragic passing late last year. What’s more, the Mouse House has seemingly drafted up plans that allow the Star Wars franchise to continue through until 2030.
Source: Making Star Wars