We're still waiting to see a still or shot from J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens that shows off the newcomers mingling with the original crew... but for now this will have to do:
This is the cover for the latest issue of Vanity Fair, and as you can see, it's our first look at Harrison Ford's Han Solo and Peter Mayhew's Chewbacca intermingling with John Boyega's Finn, Daisy Ridley's Rey and even BB-8. The photo was actually taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz - best known for her work with John Lennon and The Rolling Stones.
Nice as the photo is, however, I have to admit that the positioning and the expressions on everyone's faces sure reminds me a lot of a certain famous 1980s movie poster:
I guess the only thing that's missing is C-3PO laying across the ground in front of everyone.
At this stage, what's interesting is that we know all of these characters appear in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but we're not really sure how they're connected to one another. Finn is a Stormtrooper who suddenly finds himself in deep trouble; Rey is living on a planet called Jakku that looks like it is a dumping ground for retired ships; and all we really know about Han and Chewie at this point is that it's been a little while since they've last stepped foot on the Millennium Falcon. There have been rumors that all of these guys team up in a search for Luke Skywalker - who has been missing for the last 30 years - but we still don't have an official plot synopsis for the movie, making it hard to really separate the facts from the fictions.
In addition to John Boyega, Daisey RIdley, Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will also feature Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o, Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, Christina Chong, Gwendoline Christie, and Max von Sydow. Given that the most recent trailer was just attached to theatrical prints of The Avengers: Age of Ultron this weekend, it will probably we a while before we get another teaser that could actually help explain everything that's going on, but we're at a point where we're just perpetually waiting in eager anticipation.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be in theaters everywhere on December 17th.
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