Just like the Emperor had with his Royal Guards in Return of the Jedi, Supreme Leader Snoke will have his own dedicated bodyguards in The Last Jedi. We get a look at the new crimson-colored Praetorian Guards in this next article from Entertainment Weekly. Unlike the stoic Royal Guards we saw on screen in Episode VI, this new character rank gives off an air of intimidation and will not hesitate to jump into action.

The Related Articles section located at the bottom of this post contains links to EW’s coverage of Episode VIII that landed earlier today.

Villains always have heroes of their own. But they’re not necessarily anyone you’d ever want to meet.

That’s not the case with Star Wars.

In The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren will venture to the side of one of his malevolent icons, and fans will finally get their wish to see the enigmatic tyrant in the flesh.

Supreme Leader Snoke only appeared in The Force Awakens via hologram, but in the new film out Dec. 15, the towering character (performed via motion-capture by Andy Serkis) will finally emerge from hiding.

These will be his protectors – the Praetorian Guard, a variation on the crimson-cloaked Imperial guards who flanked the Emperor in Return of the Jedi.

“The Emperor’s guards were very formal, and you always got the sense that they could fight, but they didn’t,” writer-director Rian Johnson tells EW. “They looked like they were more ceremonial, and you never really saw them in action. The Praetorians, my brief to [costume designer] Michael Kaplan was that those guys have to be more like samurai. They have to be built to move, and you have to believe that they could step forward and engage if they have to. They have to seem dangerous.”