Disney have been dropping a lot of Star Wars news at this year’s D23 expo, including a trailer for The Mandalorian and confirmation of an Obi-Wan Kenobi series. In regards to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker though, we’ve seen some new footage from the movie at the expo, including hints of Rey going to the Dark Side and more clues as to the role of Emperor Palpatine.
The Star Wars presence at D23 also included a look at some of the costumes and props from The Rise of Skywalker though, notably the Jet Troopers we briefly saw in the trailer, available above if you want a refresher. Furthermore, photos taken by /Film at D23 show the costume for what we now know are called First Order Jet Troopers, and are described as so:
“Specialized Stormtroopers of the First Order, jet troopers soar into battle equipped with agile rocket packs.”
Pretty cool, right? At least, if the Jet Troopers are more fortunate with their equipment than Boba Fett in Return of the Jedi. We’ve also seen plenty of Stormtroopers suffer accidents in the franchise, so it’s perhaps not out of the question that these troops will experience problems. Of course, we’ve seen Stormtroopers with jet packs during the Clone Wars, and in Star Wars: Battlefront II, but these seem to be new types of soldiers.
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More specifically, the Jet Troopers appear to have replaced rocket troopers as the name of choice for troops with aerial specialties. These troopers first appeared in the canon comic series Poe Dameron 1: Black Squadron, Part 1, and again in the Legend Found arc of the same series. In Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the Jet Troopers seem to be deployed to hunt down Finn, Poe and C-3PO, and may appear in other parts of the movie.
The prominence of the Jet Troopers at D23 also hints at the increased power of the First Order in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, as well as its potential relationship to the return of Emperor Palpatine. Beyond that, their role remains hazy, but we’ll be looking forward to seeing how the Jet Troopers fare when the latest entry in the Star Wars franchise hits theaters on December 20th.