Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in just two months, and today it's finally time to see the movie's official poster. No, not the teaser poster from last year, and not the promo item handed out at D23; this is the real deal. The poster features the key members of the cast that audiences have met thus far: Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, and Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, with some other faces that you just might recognize (hi, Han and Leia).
What's even more interesting is the sight of some sort of orb in the upper right corner, complete with a glowing red eye. Thirty years ago, I would have said this was some sort of riff on the Death Star, but given the secrecy that J.J. Abrams has been able to pull off up until this point it could be almost anything. A new weapon? A new character? We don't know right now, but odds are it will be revealed when the next trailer for the film is shown tomorrow during Monday Night Football.
The new piece of artwork fits right in line with the Star Wars posters previously created by Drew Struzan, who created the prequel posters, the "special edition" re-release artwork, as well as that D23 poster from earlier in this year. Despite how synonymous Struzan has become with the franchise, it's important to remember that the original trilogy featured artwork from a number of different artists. The original poster for Star Wars was created by Tom Jung, while the famous "Gone With the Wind" poster for The Empire Strikes Back was painted by artist Roger Kastel. The main Jedi poster was created by yet another artist, Kazuhiko Sano.
With two more posters to go in this new trilogy, it's safe to say that the artwork revealed today is establishing a visual framework that will be reflected for several years to come. You can view it above, and then to give you a sense of where the series has come from, we've included the original posters from the other six Star Wars films as well.
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