As of today there are just two months left until Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens hits movie theaters, but Disney has been holding off on releasing the traditional main poster. That's not to say, of course, that we haven't seen any promotional artwork for the film. There have been character posters, a poster featuring artwork by Drew Struzan that was handed out at D23, and plenty of promotional images.
Directed by J.J. Abrams, Stars Wars: The Force Awakens is set approximately 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, and features returning cast members including Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford alongside newcomers like John Boyega and Daisy Ridley. The story will focus on a new generation of heroes as they struggle against the rising threat of the Empire in its newest form, The First Order, and a warrior called Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).
Earlier this week we heard that a new Star Wars: Episode VII trailer would be arriving on Monday 19th October, and that an official poster for the movie would be released the day before. Sure enough, Disney has finally revealed the poster that, assuming The Force Awakens lives up to the hype, will be gracing the bedroom walls of Star Wars fans of all ages for many years to come.
There are a lot of characters on this poster, though notably Luke Skywalker is not among them, despite both Han Solo and Princess Leia appearing side-by-side and right in the center. Dominating the poster are Kylo Ren, Rey and and Finn, while at the bottom of the artwork is Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and an array of stormtroopers. And if that's not a new Death Star in the background, then it's definitely not a moon. We're still waiting to find out officially whether or not the poster was created by Struzan.
UPDATE: Lucasfilm rep Matt Martin has confirmed that this is not a Drew Struzan poster, though it seems to have been inspired by his art style.
UPDATE 2: New Death Star Explained
Now that this poster is out in the wild, there will barely be time for the hype to die down before the third trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives tomorrow, hopefully bringing with it plenty of new footage to pore over. Considering the scale of this movie and the number of eyes on it, Disney really has done an admirable job keeping the major details under wraps, and the trailers so far have been heavy on imagery and hints but light on solid plot details. Could that change with the next one?
Advance tickets for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will go on sale tomorrow after the trailer debut, which will be during halftime of ESPN's Monday Night Football game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles. The show will begin at 8:15PM E.T.
Star Wars: Episode VII – 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.