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This new Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster captures grand galactic decay

This new Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster captures grand galactic decay


It's the first in a series of AMC IMAX-exclusive giveaways

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AMC Theaters / Dan Mumford

If you managed to snag tickets to a Sunday AMC IMAX 3D screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens last night, you're going to be rewarded for your diligence with a poster that transcends convention. The theater chain is giving specific groups of customers Star Wars prints designed by British illustrator Dan Mumford, and it revealed the first print of four on Twitter this afternoon. It's a gorgeous, distinctive piece of work, one that suggests just how much the galaxy has changed in the years between The Force Awakens and the other films in the series. Daisy Ridley's Rey and adorable droid-ball BB-8 gaze out at a grand, ruined ship embedded in the sand, cast in red and orange light.

It's going to be tough to find a copy of your own unless you happen to purchase a particular ticket. AMC is only giving the posters to movie viewers who attend Sunday IMAX 3D screenings, and there are four different posters being given away. It's reasonable to conclude that the first poster being revealed is the first one being given away; if that's true, you'll have to attend a screening on December 20th that meets the criteria above to receive the poster unveiled today. And if you're the kind of person who'd like to collect all four of Mumford's prints, your Sundays will be booked through January 10th, 2016.

The other official Star Wars: The Force Awakens posters that have been unveiled tend towards the character-heavy rather than the impressionistic. The teaser poster revealed at Disney's D23 expo in August featured the core trio of Finn, Rey, and Kylo Ren with a little bonus Han Solo action, and the final poster revealed Sunday afternoon fell within the series' traditional visual framework. Its official posters may have an established aesthetic, but the series also has a proud tradition of experimental, striking imagery that spans decades and dozens of artists. Mumford's work for The Force Awakens could end up standing alongside all of those bold Star Wars visions.