Among the X-Wing fighter, Millenium Falcon, and an A-Wing fighter sits a First Order Tie Echelon. The design apparently was born from director Colin Trevorrow’s version of Episode IX.
Trevorrow, who came to prominence after directing Jurassic World, was originally attached to direct what is now known as The Rise of Skywalker, but left the project due to creative differences with Lucasfilm.
“Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX,” Lucasfilm published in a statement from September 2017. “Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ.”
One of the key pieces of Trevorrow’s Episode IX was a TIE Echelon that served as an armed troop transport for the First Order — “the equivalent of a Blackhawk stealth helicopter,” Trevorrow now tells Collider.
When Galaxy’s Edge was still in the planning process, the Imagineering team at Disney asked Trevorrow to develop a new ship for the park that would also be part of the film.
“I took it pretty seriously — it’s not every day you get to be a part of something like that,” Trevorrow says in the new interview. “They let me see what they were working on, so I got to see what Galaxy’s Edge was going to be.”
Throughout a day at Galaxy’s Edge, Kylo Ren and the First Order make their grand entrance through the doors of the TIE Echelon. It’s unknown whether the Tie Echelon will make an appearance in The Rise of Skywalker. Here’s an up close look at the ship shot during the days just before Galaxy’s Edge’s opening.