Less than a month away from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and marketing continues in full swing. It wasn’t long ago when all we had were two coy teasers, and now it seems there’s something new every day – though there’s still little in the way of official information about the plot.
A few weeks ago (at the time of this writing) we saw character banners for some of the new characters, including Finn (John Boyega), Rey (Daisy Ridley), and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). Now we have new banners featuring some of the legacy characters.
Toyfiend’s Instagram account gives us a good look at four character banners displayed on the massive digital billboard in Times Square, New York. We’ve seen the banners with Rey and Kylo before (though the Kylo banner has a different background), but the image also reveals banners for Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) as well. Both are consistent, stylistically, with character posters that we’ve seen in the past. Han has his trusty blaster, and Leia again appears to be surrounded by some kind of tactical military projection.
It’s nice to see that Disney’s marketing hasn’t forgotten about the galaxy’s toughest princess. Between this and her last character poster, it seems evident she has an important role in the film. We learned that Leia now has the title of General among the Resistance, the main opposition to the First Order, led by Kylo Ren, General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson), and others. This banner expands on that idea, visually placing Leia in a position of military power. We can safely assume that she will call the shots in The Force Awakens.
Absent from the new character banners is any glimpse of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), but as we’ve heard before, we’ll probably have to wait until the film is in theathers to see him. They can’t give us too much goodness at once, after all.
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.