When The Walt Disney Company first acquired Lucasfilm back in 2012, many Star Wars fans wondered what would become of their beloved franchise. Would the three newly-announced films from the Mouse House be more family-friendly like Episode IV - A New Hope or maybe even go a bit darker like Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back? While so far Episode VII - The Force Awakens has straddled the line somewhere between the two, it seems the upcoming anthology films aren't exactly beholden to the series' original rules.
For its part, this year's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story appears to be more serious and gritty than any previous Star Wars film that has come before. Trailers for the film have featured a ragtag group of Rebel spies, who we know will end up saving the day by stealing the plans for the Galactic Empire's new weapon, the Death Star. They're led by Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), and her character is best encapsulated by one line from the first teaser trailer: "This is a rebellion isn't it? I rebel."
Yet while Rogue One will undoubtedly be more tragic than other Star Wars films, it still brings a ray of hope with it for what these plans will end up meaning to Luke Skywalker and his friends in Episode IV. And it's this mishmash of rebellion and hope that has been used in promotional materials, as well as by people like OrlandoArocena for fan-made posters. Seen below, these fan posters (via PosterPosse), which invoke Stanley Kubrick's war film Full Metal Jacket, proudly state the main themes of the movie: 'A Rebellion Built on Hope' and 'Born to Rebel'.
It's almost uncanny how well these fan-made posters match the style, tone, and attitude of the film. Both Rogue One and Full Metal Jacket have a lot in common from the war theme to the spirit of fighting for what you believe in. And when debuting his fan-posters, OrlandoArocena summarized on his official page why he believed the fusion of the two films worked together:
Back in 2015 i was excited to hear the news about a potential Star Wars Rogue One story being developed, and directed by Gareth Edwards . I was very happy to read how the story would be more set within a military, covert ops thematic. A year later and after a few trailers. I’m back to pay tribute with a parody. I decided to pay reverence to one of my favorite wartime movies, Stanley Kubrick’s, “Full Metal Jacket” and the artist who created that films iconic artwork, Philip Castle, by visually combining the intensity and fighting spirit of the Rebellion in a new vector tribute.
Inspiration for art usually comes from the unlikeliest of places, so it's always interesting to see what a mind ends up connecting together. Even though these fan posters are a bit too eccentric for a large commercial franchise like Star Wars to actually use in their promotion, there's nothing stopping fans from voicing their passion for the new film in whatever way they choose. Any publicity is good publicity and Rogue One director Gareth Edwards should be happy to see his film linked to a classic like Full Metal Jacket.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.