10:30am PT by Graeme McMillan
This Year's 'Star Wars' Model: Introducing 'Rogue One's' U-Wing Starship
When it comes to naming its spacecraft, the Rebel Alliance likes to keep things as simple as ABC. Or, in this case, ABU. Ahead of its appearance in this winter's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Lucasfilm has unveiled the latest interstellar ride from a galaxy far, far away: a rebel transport known as the U-Wing.
"It's a troop transport and gunship," Matt Martin of Lucasfilm's Story Group explained during this week's episode of the YouTube series The Star Wars Show. "It's there to bring in rebel troops to heavy-fire zones and get out as quickly as possible … The wings move depending on the situation, and it's there to both drop off troops and provide air support."
Martin also revealed that sharp-eyed fans will have already seen the craft in early concept art released for Rogue One during 2015's Star Wars Celebration event.
The U-Wing — officially designated Incom UT-60D, for those concerned with such things — joins the ranks of similarly alphabetized starships in the Star Wars mythology. Fans have already seen A-Wings, B-Wings, X-Wings and Y-Wings in movies to date. Like all but the B-Wing, the U-Wing is visually representative of its letter of choice. (The B-Wing is so called because of its "blade" design.)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be released Dec. 16. Watch this week's Star Wars Show, which also features an interview with "Weird Al" Yankovic about his fandom for the franchise, below.