Sharp-eyed fans are claiming that the new poster for Star Wars: The Last Jedi contains a hidden homage to Darth Vader. Monday was a thrilling day for Star Wars fans, first with the release of a bold, new poster for the film, followed by the release of the long-anticipated second trailer, which on Star Wars' official YouTube channel alone has amassed more than 9 million views in the first 12 hours of its release.
Naturally, once a trailer is released and the euphoria of seeing it for the first time passes, fans and media members start analyzing the footage frame-by-frame to try to unravel clues to the film as they wait with baited breath for the film's release. But others are finding interesting tidbits in the film's new poster, and by the shape of things, quite literally, they're seeing a very familiar, ominous figure looming over the poster.
According to Comic Book, fans on Twitter are making their assertions that the characters are positioned as such to form Darth Vader's headpiece. Luke Skywalker is pictured at the top wearing the hood of his Jedi robe, to help form the crown of Vader's helmet, while Rey and Kylo Ren are positioned where the lenses of the Dark Lord of the Sith's headpiece's lenses would be. General Leia is located where the nose location of the helmet, and the remaining characters and the first part of the title (Star) are positioned as such on the poster to allow for the formation of the triangular mouthpiece area of the helmet.
Finally, the formation of the Resistance's Ski Speeders on Crait at the bottom of the poster seems to round out the neck piece of Darth Vader's helmet. See examples of the Darth Vader poster theory below:
— A. Doom Koford (@apelad) October 10, 2017
Vader looms over the poster pic.twitter.com/1CqafFWOgR
— Star Wars Junk (@StarWarsJunk) October 10, 2017
If you don't feel like squinting to see the subliminal Darth Vader image in the poster, the intrepid Star Wars fans' illustrations over it more than give credence to the theory that the latest piece of artwork from the production has a distinct Darth Vader influence and surely was not coincidental.
After all, included in the helmet are Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader's two children (Luke and Leia), grandson (Kylo Ren) and possible granddaughter (Rey), so the structure of the helmet makes complete sense. The display could be a family tree of sorts, and may be telling fans that once and for all, Rey is indeed a Skywalker. Which Skywalker she actually belongs to is another question, and hopefully it will be a question finally answered when The Last Jedi opens in theaters.
Source: Comic Book
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019