Lately it seems that Christmas keeps coming early for Star Wars fans. With little over a month to go before the world gets to finally see Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, there’s an almost daily arrival of some sort of new information to consider and discuss as well as images and all sorts of tie-ins to the film. On one hand, fans are completely antsy for the film to finally arrive; yet on the other this “Season of All Things Star Wars” if you will, has happened so rarely over the years that it’s now very much worth savouring.
For anyone who lives in a city that has an IMAX theatre, the imminent arrival of The Force Awakens can be made all that much sweeter: 3D images of battles with Stormtroopers, X-Wings spinning past blaster fire, and something as simple as the sweeping, dusty landscapes of Jakku will all come to life on a vast scale. For Star Wars fans, the promise of a cinematic experience unlike any other thus far isn’t necessarily an exaggeration.
With the overall massiveness of Episode VII’s approaching release and all that entails, it’s strange to think that something as gargantuan as an IMAX release has perhaps been dwarfed and overlooked. Today however, we get a look at the first IMAX poster for The Force Awakens, reminding us all that the far, far away galaxy is going to feel just that much closer to fans this time around.
Check out the Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens official IMAX poster, below:
There isn’t a whole lot on display here, simply Force Awakens co-protagonist Rey (Daisy Ridley) and her droid companion, BB-8, trekking across the barren landscape of Jakku in the early stages of a setting sun. Yet Jakku plays a rather pivotal role in the overall makeup of The Force Awakens – not to mention, the Tatooine-esque desert planet will be connected to other developments in forthcoming Star Wars projects.
As it were, the desert landscape was once the site of The Battle of Jakku: the conflict that took place one year and four days after Episode VI: Return of the Jedi‘s crucial Battle of Endor. The Battle of Jukku saw the soldiers of the New Republic take on the Imperial forces situated on Jukku at the time; as such, this key conflict provides a prologue of sorts to the events that will unfold in The Force Awakens. Gamers who plan on purchasing EA’s upcoming Star Wars Battlefront will have their own chance to experience this piece of Star Wars history firsthand, as The Battle of Jukku is available to play in solo, co-op, or multi-player missions on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
This newly-released IMAX poster might not have the flash of a lightsabre battle in a snowy forest or the magnitude of a sea of Stormtroopers standing at attention, but that’s likely due to the fact that IMAX doesn’t have to wow audiences with its posters. IMAX can stand confidently on the sidelines, reminding us all every once in a while that it’s there. Subtlety in its advertising campaigns goes a long way right now for the simple fact that when it finally does come time to screen Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, the IMAX experience will be anything but subtle.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th, 2015, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.
EA’s Star Wars Battlefront will be released on Xbox One, PS4 and PC November 17th, 2015