We have seen a few images floating around the web of toys of these guys, but nothing official until now. We now have official images of the Praetorian Guard, thanks to a new article from the website EW.com. Like Emperor Palpatine before him, Snoke will have his own red clad protectors in the form of the Praetorian Guards.
Here is a little bit about them, and how director Rian Johnson came up with the idea.
The Praetorians get their name from our own true-life history and the elite special guard who protected ancient Roman emperors. “If we can get kids’ ears to perk up in history class a little bit when they hear that, that’d be a cool thing,” Johnson says.
“The Emperor’s guards were very formal, and you always got the sense that they could fight, but they didn’t. They looked like they were more ceremonial, and you never really saw them in action. The Praetorians, my brief to [costume designer] Michael Kaplan was that those guys have to be more like samurai. They have to be built to move, and you have to believe that they could step forward and engage if they have to. They have to seem dangerous.”
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About Star Wars: The Last Jedi:
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits North American theaters on December 15, 2017. Directed by Rian Johnson and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, Jimmy Vee, and more! Music will be composed by John Williams.
The film hits theaters December 15, 2017.