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Sunday, 18 October 2015 18:13

Here Is The Official STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Poster

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'Sup nerds? Well, are you as in love with this BEAUTIFUL official theatrical poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens as I am? Oh, I know you are. The force is strong with this one.

Today, Lucasfilm, Disney Pictures and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions, unveiled the official poster art for next Star Wars movie over at StarWars.com. Opening just two months from now, the new movie is titled Star Wars Episode VII -The Force Awakens - though it appears as if they have dropped those "Episode whatever" tags from the titles of this new series of movies as a way to distance themselves from the bad taste still residing in the mouths of fans from the prequels. Ouch. Take that, Natalie Portman. You hack. 

This poster was conceived and painted by renowned movie poster illustrator (and genius), Drew Struzan, who had previously designed the posters for the 1997 Star Wars Special Editions and the official one-sheet designs for the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Struzan, retired for the most part these days, jumped at the chance to design the poster to the new film after being asked by Abrams which makes sense. Star Wars isn't Star Wars without a Struzan poster connected with it.

So let's talk about the poster then. I LOVE how Struzan ties the nostalgic feelings of the previous movies to this one by using color schemes he's used for the artwork to the previous installments. The warm, orange left side very much matches the visuals of the last three prequel posters, (with Adam Driver's Sith character in shades of red reminiscent of the red attributed to Darth Maul in the Episode I poster) and the blue/purple-ish right side invokes the color of the empire (most prominent in Struzan's Empire Strikes Back illustration from 1997). There is no green to speak of on display here so it's safe to assume there won't be any forest-like environment planets in this new movie. Sorry '97 Jedi poster.   

And looky who's faces are back on one of these things for the first time since Return of the Jedi in 1983. Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher as Han and Leia. Along with Chewie, R2-D2 and C-3PO. Oddly enough, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker is missing though. Hmmm. That's strange. We all know he's in the movie. Unless George Lucas snuck into the editing suite and digitally removed Hamill, then burned the footage Kubrick style and now it's too late to get Hamill back to re-shoot his scenes. That might explain why John Williams is still recording the music for the film. That George is always messing everything up. J.J. Abrams better call George's ex-wife Marcia come fix things. Help us, Marcia Lucas. You are our only hope.

Image Courtesy Lucasfilm/Disney Pictures/Bad Robot

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