Just when you think you’ve seen everything the galaxy has to offer, it turns out you haven’t.
The first of the new Star Wars anthology spin-offs, Rogue One, is set shortly before the events in 1977’s original movie (now known as A New Hope), and it involves Rebel plans to steal the schematics for the first Death Star.
Donnie Yen, the Hong Kong action star best known for 2008’s Ip Man, is one of the heroes fighting to take down the Empire in the new film, which is currently shooting in the U.K. That’s him in the bottom left of this group photo.
Today, Yen surprised fans with an enigmatic tease of the trophies he may be collecting.
The helmet in the middle is familiar enough to anyone who’s ever seen the original Star Wars trilogy, but the two on either side are unique designs, even as they incorporate elements that make them unmistakable Empire chic.
So what do these helmets represent? Lucasfilm sources did not immediately reply to EW’s request for further explanation. The only information Yen shared was this statement that accompanied the photo on his Facebook page: “I am the force and I fear nothing… Going to put this in my company’s display room.”
It’s hard to gauge how large the helmets are, whether they’re full-size or small models. Judging from past movies, the black helmet is traditionally worn by Imperial fighter pilots, but this one has a sleeker quality to it than the ones we’ve observed before. It could be a night-strike commando type of helmet.
There’s no precedent for the beige headgear. The vertical air vent calls to mind the scout-trooper helmets from Return of the Jedi, but we’ve never seen this color or that eye shield before. Could these be camoflauged and engineered for desert battle, with protection from wind-whipped sand? Of the three, it definitely looks like it has been battered the worst.
Speculate away below…
Rogue One, directed by Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards, opens in theaters Dec. 16, 2016.