Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker may be five months away, but the film's elite new class of troopers are making their grand debut at Comic-Con International in San Diego.
The crimson red Stormtroopers, now officially dubbed Sith Troopers, have only been seen briefly thus far in the lead up to the final film in the Skywalker saga. However, at SDCC, they'll be on display in an exhibit featuring troopers from across the entire Star Wars franchise.
Interestingly enough, the term "Sith Trooper" has already been used in Star Wars lore. In fact, Sith Troopers made their debut in the fan-favorite Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic video game, which is part of the now-defunct Expanded Universe (aka Legends). During the Jedi Civil War, they served as foot soldiers for the Sith Empire under Darth Revan.
It's also worth noting that, in the sequel trilogy era of Star Wars, the Sith are all but extinct. Then again, with the last known Sith, Emperor Palpatine, poised to make his return in Episode IX, nothing is outside the realm of possibilities.
Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalkerstars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film arrives December 20.