Star Wars: The Last Jedi will no doubt draw some comparisons to The Empire Strikes Back, but not necessarily without reason – rumor has it that we’re going to see the First Order’s version on the AT-AT, like the ones that invaded Hoth (shown above) as well. And, as one might expect after more than three decades of technological advancement, these walkers are going to be bigger and badder than ever.
Making Star Wars reports that these new walkers are not the same kind of walkers that could be seen in the background of The Force Awakens during the scene where General Hux makes his big speech about declaring open war on the Republic. The Last Jedi features walkers that are twice as large and twice as wide as the classic AT-AT. If the classic AT-AT resembles a cow, then this new kind of heavy artillery is said to resemble a gorilla, from the appearance of its “face” and “shoulders” to its hunched-over posture. The legs on the walkers are much more heavily-reinforced, meaning that it will take more then cleverly applied tow cables to knock these behemoths over. These walkers are said to be a part of one of the film’s major setpieces, which the original author claims he’d like to share details on soon.
Illustrations offering a glimpse of what these walkers look like can be found on the website that made the original report, linked to below.
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi will rise on December 15, 2017. The movie’s cast includes Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Domhnall Gleeson as General Armitage Hux, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and Jimmy Vee as R2-D2. Newcomers to the cast include Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran.
Source: Making Star Wars