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CG Starship Trooper Film's 1st Character Shot Posted

posted on by Egan Loo
Appleseed's Aramaki directs Starship Troopers: Invasion for release this summer

The official blog for the new computer-animated Starship Troopers: Invasion film posted the first image of one of the characters on Wednesday. According to the blog, the character is Major Henry "Hero" Varro:

He was the commander of the K-12 team at Fort Casey, but he is arrested for insubordination by Dr Carl Jenkins. He is a prisoner on the ship Alesia as he is being transported to Earth for court martial. While it's not immediately apparent why he's perceived as a threat, we do know that he retains the respect and admiration of all those that served under him. His experience, in combination with the undying trust of the troopers, is an asset the Federation won't be able to survive without indefinitely…

The new film draws design cues from Paul Verhoeven's loose 1997 live-action film adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein's original novel. The blog had previously posted starship designs, as well as a rough illustration of a suit drawn by Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed). Aramaki is directing the new film, which is due out in summer 2012.

Flint Dille is writing the screenplay for the film after working as a story editor on The Transformers and G.I. Joe television series of the 1980s. The staff commissioned illustrator Hidetaka Tenjin (Macross Frontier, Macross Zero, Hellsing Ultimate) to create a teaser poster for the film. Joseph Chou (Appleseed films, Halo Legends, proposed live-action Evangelion) is producing the new project. Edward Neumeier and Casper Van Dien of the live-action Starship Troopers film are executive producers.

Before Verhoeven's live-action film and its several direct-to-video follow-ups, Gundam anime studio Sunrise produced a video version of Starship Troopers in 1988. Studio Nue (Macross, Legend of the Galactic Heroes) co-founder Naoyuki Katō had created powered suit designs for his illustrations in the 1977 Japanese reprint of Heinlein's novel.

[Via Catsuka]

Images © 2011 Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Inc.

Update: "Court martial's" spelling corrected. Thanks, TheAncientOne.

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