We're still over seven months away from the premiere of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, the first live-action movie in the Star Wars franchise to release in over a decade. Promotion for co-writer/director J.J. Abrams' highly-anticipated space adventure has already gotten underway; most recently, with last month's big Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, where the film's second trailer was unveiled - giving us our first look at Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), together again.
However, the majority of the Force Awakens marketing so far has focused on three newcomers: Finn (John Boyega), Rey (Daisy Ridley), and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac). Rey, based on previous reports, seems to be the new Star Wars trilogy's Luke, a lead solitary character with a droid (in this case, BB-8) who gets caught up in all the action. Meanwhile, Finn is the stormtrooper who meets Rey on the planet Jakku and changes her life, while Poe appears to be "the new Han" of Episode VII: a hotshot pilot, who ends up joining forces with the other heroes.
Vanity Fair has now unveiled the cover for its June 2015 issue (hitting newsstands on May 12th), with Han Solo, Chewbacca, Finn, Rey and BB-8 in a shot from acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz, along with a video from its visit to the Force Awakens set (see above). Additional photographs from the shoot and exclusive video and interviews will also be revealed throughout May 4th, 2015 - a.k.a. Star Wars Day 2015.
You can check out the Vanity Fair cover for Force Awakens, below:
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The cover photograph appears to take place on the Millennium Falcon, perhaps suggesting that it's Han Solo and Chewie that rescue Finn and Rey from the Empire when they're on the run. The cover also features a tease by Yoda, saying, "In a dark place we find ourselves — a little more knowledge might light our way."
Vanity Fair is no stranger to the Star Wars fandom. The magazine has already covered each of the prequels in 1999, 2002 and 2005, showing off the main cast on the cover and then expanding to the rest of the actors inside the issues. So it's possible that while other characters like Luke (Mark Hamill) and Leia (Carrie Fisher) don't appear in the image above, there'll be other photographs inside the June issue with the rest of the Star Wars crew.
Vanity Fair's set visit has also provided new clues about certain other characters/cast members in The Force Awakens:
- Adam Driver (Girls) is featured in the Vanity Fair set video - and judging by his dark robes, he's playing dark Force user Kylo Ren.
- Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave) is playing a CGI-animated character, with Vanity Fair's write-up confirming she'll be wearing a motion-capture suit to portray a "purely animated" citizen of the Star Wars universe.
There are other new players in the new Star Wars movie (Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, etc.) who we've yet to learn more about, while the official plot of the film is still firmly under-wraps (despite the plethora of rumors on the subject). So don't worry: there are still plenty of Force Awakens mysteries waiting to be unraveled.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be in theaters December 18, 2015.
Source: Vanity Fair