Walking in to our Spectre screening, a colleague – who’s a hopeless Star Wars fanatic – paused mid sentence because his eye caught the one-sheet for Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the wall in the theater’s lobby. I forget his exact words, but the sentiment suggested that seeing the poster on the wall meant it was a bit more real, that the movie that opens in a little more than a month actually exists, and we’ll soon be able to visit that Star Wars universe, as a movie-loving community.
I wonder how he feels about these fantastic cast posters?
Star Wars flooded social media with five incredible one sheets aimed at what I have to believe are the main characters in J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens. (Still no Luke Skywalker, for those keeping score at home.) The posters confirm that, when dealing with the original trio, Force Awakens might very well be a Han Solo movie – though that means Chewbacca deserves his own poster, as well. I love the way the characters are (for the most part) strategically holding their signature weapons. Only Leia (Carrie Fisher) gets away with a side eye and a snarky slogan. Here are the five Star Wars one sheets release today. Do you think we’ll get an opportunity to buy our favorites?
Harrison Ford is "home," as he tells longtime co-pilot Chewbacca, revisiting yet another classic character from his body of work and rekindling the fanboy passions that have ignited countless lightsabers since 1977. Han, according to trailers, likely will be the one who guides Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega) on their quest – possibly to find look. Since he’s holding his blaster, though, we have to ask. Will he shoot first this time?
The Force continues to be with Leia, who has been spotted twice in the trailers leading up to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We assume that is her hand that is receiving the lightsaber when Mark Hamill says "My sister had it" in the second trailer. We also saw her hugging Han Solo in the end of the third and final trailer. Beyond that, though, we know precious little about Leia’s role in the events of the film, which take place years after Return of the Jedi and could place Leia in any number of possible scenarios. Have any thoughts?
"I’m no one," Rey replies in the third and final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and we fully expect the movie to tells us exactly why that deduction is incorrect. J.J. Abrams, in reinventing Star Wars, has cast relative newcomer Daisy Ridley in the part once occupied by Luke Skywalker, an innocent outlier tapped for greatness. But why was she crying so hard in that final reel of footage? We have out theories… and we hope that we are wrong.
John Boyega’s character, Finn, is a Jedi, right? We can all make that assumption? I mean, the third and final trailer pauses on him when Han (Harrison Ford) says the word "Jedi." And even though he’s introduced as a former Stormtrooper, we’ve now seen him holding a lightsaber on multiple occasions. Whether he can control The Force or not, the poster is badass. We can’t wait to see where this character’s story goes.
Filling Darth Vader’s shoes won’t be easy. The master cast such a large shadow, Star Wars dedicated six movies toward telling his story. And as we saw, his legacy will fuel the franchise’s newest threat, Kylo Ren (played by Adam Driver). It’s a little bit of a shame that the zoom on the new posters takes away the sleek design of Kylo Ren’s saber, but we can be certain that we’ll see plenty of it in action when Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18.
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