Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a month away, and director Gareth Edwards is already making sure I’ll be paying even more attention. George Lucas asked Edwards for a specific helmet to be placed in the film. Edwards narrows it down slightly in comments to Total Film.
“A helmet we loved but didn’t know where to put it; there wasn’t really an opportunity to use it,” said Edwards. He added he wouldn’t have “picked” the helmet himself, but wasn’t about to say no to Lucas. “Whatever [Lucas] liked was pretty much guaranteed to be in the film.”
I doubt whatever helmet Lucas chose will show up during a pivotal point of the story. I’m imagining something along the lines of the flags at Maz’s castle in The Force Awakens. With the throwbacks to Boba Fett and the pod race from The Phantom Menace.
Edwards’ comments suggest the helmet will be more obscure. At least, obscure enough not to include in a movie centering around the Rebel/Empire struggle. That throws out most Rebel pilot and Imperial Trooper helmets. I’ve seen some speculate it will be Luke’s blast shield helmet from his training in A New Hope. I think that’s a little too on the nose.
Imperial Guards are out since we’ve already seen them in trailers.