As fans await more information about Star Wars: Episode IX, a new leak may showcase new characters and new designs for our existing heroes and villains.
The image, which was posted on Reddit by user JediPaxis, shows Poe, Rey, Kylo Ren and Lando Calrissian in new or altered costumes. However, it's not just returning characters in the image. There are also images of previously unseen characters. Although it's not clear if this leak is legitimate, the poster claimed that their anonymous source has proven reliable in the past.
This leak may also give fans their first look at Lando, who will be played by original actor Billy Dee Williams. Lando will reportedly play a small role in Episode IX. The leaked image seems to suggest that Lando's in the upcoming movie will resemble what Donald Glover wore in Solo: A Star Wars Story, with the yellow shirt and dark cape.
Other characters in this photo include Kylo Ren, whose helmet has evidently been pieced back together after getting smashed in The Last Jedi, and a "new droid that will annoy BB-8." These images also tease the additions of several new aliens, though it's unclear what role they'll play in the film. Some of the aliens look small enough to play a similar role to the that of the Porgs on Crait in The Last Jedi, though they're far inferior in terms of adorableness.
There are also two new characters shown in the leak: an unnamed Resistance Officer played by Dominic Monaghan and a First Order Officer played by Richard E. Grant. There's no indication at this time of how major these roles will be.
It's not clear if these images are legitimate, but there is one piece of evidence to suggest that they are: Poe's costume seems to match the outfit that Oscar Isaac was seen wearing on set in August 2018. However, Lucasfilm has proven skillful at keeping details for its Star Wars films under wraps, so it's possible that these won't turn out to be legitimate. There's also the matter of Kylo Ren's helmet, which does bear some resemblance to an image released by starwarsedithub on Instagram prior to this leak, which was brought to our attention by a CBR reader.
Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: Episode IX stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Matt Smith, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film is scheduled to open on Dec. 20.