Last month, we got our first look at the Stormtroopers and Snowtroopers that will appear in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ Both ranks of Imperial minions get a nice, sleek, updated look for J.J. Abrams upcoming adventure in a galaxy far, far away. However, it appears that they won’t be the only bucketheads inhabiting the next chapter of the beloved Lucasfilm franchise and these variations of the classic sci-fi soldiers might not even be affiliated with the Empire at all. According to Indie Revolver, the new Stormtrooper variants are known as Chrome Troopers and they’re not just shiny black metal versions of the same iconic helmets. Though they share some similar characteristics with their white counterparts, it’s definitely a more imposing evolution of the design. In fact, they’re almost as elegant as a Naboo ship with the finish and the curves. You can check out our first look at the Chrome Trooper below, followed by concept art that suggests that they won’t actually be hooded in the film: As I mentioned before, there are rumors circulating that the Chrome Troopers may not be directly connected to the Galactic Empire. Instead, the word is that they’re the private security force for Adam Driver’s character. Previously, we saw the ‘Girls’ and ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ star sporting a Rebel flight suit on set even though he had been said to be a villain. Well, it appears that Driver might just be a wealthy aristocrat with an interest in Sith artifacts that might be spying for the Empire. If this is the case, then he’s sure to need some additional protection beyond the average rich person. What do you think of our first glimpse at the Chrome Troopers? Do you think that they could become as iconic as the original Stormtroopers? Share your thoughts in the comment section. ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ starring John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker hits theaters on December 18, 2015.