It’s only two months until Star Wars: The Force Awakens is upon us and we hear the sound of millions of fan voices cry out in ecstatic joy. Or, possibly, in ‘oh god not again!’, Phantom Menace-reminiscent terror.
I for one am trying to stay cautiously optimistic; which is a task that Lucasfilm and Disney have been making incredibly difficult, stoking the fires of anticipation as cannily as they have.
First there was that initial teaser that made everyone wet their Millennium Falcon print pants. Most fans lost their minds immediately, while some managed to maintain a healthy degree of skepticism — a feat which lasted, at most, until Harrison Ford’s ‘Chewie, we’re home!’ in the second teaser.
As if that wasn’t enough of an assault, they also bludgeoned us with the beautiful loved up nerd-fest that was the behind the scenes Comic-Con footage.
And now, as the reality of the movie looms on the horizon, we have been graced with this gorgeous, vintage-looking official poster.
Reminiscent of the classic works by Drew Struzan, there is a lot going on here.
The poster is dominated by a central triumvirate of (in descending size order): Kylo Ren (played by Adam Driver and who we know is not a Sith; Rey (played by Daisy Ridley and who producer Kathleen Kennedy has said is ‘very significant’); and Finn (played by John Boyega and who will most likely start as a Stormtrooper, before switching sides, and maybe-possibly-but-probably-not becoming a Jedi).
Right at the bottom, sandwiched between two Stormtroopers is Gwendoline Christie’s shiny and chrome character, Captain Phasma. Just above her we have Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron hanging out with new droid and instant fan favourite BB-8. Lurking behind C-3PO and R2-D2 is a goggle-eyed looking alien thing, which would make sense to assume is Lupita Nyong’o’s Maz Kanata.
Just to the right of them is hairy thing with a crossbow, and two old people. I’m assuming they were put in the poster by mistake.
The whole thing is littered with all the other expected Star Wars iconography - the Millennium Falcon; some Star Destroyers and X-Wings; lines of Stormtroopers; and what looks like a new Death Star with an even bigger
trench security flaw than before.
And that about wraps it u-…! Waitaminute! Where the hell is Skywalker?! Apparently not invited to the poster, as he’s nowhere to be seen. Maybe he’ll appear in the big new trailer set to premier later tonight during Monday Night Football.