NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 24: Actor Richard E. Grant attends the ‘Logan’ New York special screening at Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center on February 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
Concept art leak
One of the most plausible leaks featured reference and concept art for characters in Episode IX. The 17-picture panel showed all the main characters in their new looks, new aliens, and a peek at Richard E. Grant and Dominic Monaghan’s characters.
These photos are the best source of info we have right now and corroborate some other rumors that have been thrown around.
If we’re going by what is featured in this art leak, Grant is part of the First Order though he is not Thrawn, which many fans hoped to see. He looks to be an officer, and given his stature, he would have to be a pretty high-ranking official at that.
There is a bit of a power shift within the First Order with Snoke being killed and Kylo Ren becoming the Supreme Leader. Other rumors have also stated that General Hux gets captured by the Resistance. If true, Kylo Ren will need a right-hand person – plus he never liked Hux anyway.
While the photos do show Monaghan as a Resistance fighter, we don’t know in what capacity. Is he part of the General Organa’s crew or a different group altogether. Will he be working on the same side as the others or fight his own battles against the First Order?
While the concept art told us a lot, it also left us with so many more questions than answers, but that’s all part of the fun.
Rumor level: Very High
We find this all to be credible because it lines up with other things we have heard from our own sources.