Just this past weekend at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, the first official Drew Struzan artwork for this year’s Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens was revealed and handed out to fans at the convention, to an enthusiastic and welcoming response. The poster featured Harrison Ford’s Han Solo standing at the bottom of the poster with his blaster, underneath John Boyega’s Blue lightsaber-wielding Finn, Daisy Ridley’s Rey holding her(?) staff, and Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren with his now signature Red trisaber.
A very small percentage of fans took issue with the poster, but the majority seemed to love it, and welcomed Struzan’s return to the Star Wars universe with wide-open arms. Not only is the poster beautiful as well, it also reveals some new details about the characters in the film, and is also the first image fans have seen of Finn holding that iconic blue lightsaber.
In a recent with Movie Weekly, Drew Struzan spoke about how he initially got involved in the film, and how the movie’s quality won him over in the end. Check out his full quote below:
“I’ve never worked with J.J before and so we started working on it and he showed me like half the movie and it was just… a wonderful film and I know it’s going to be grand. I got to read the script and subsequently I’ve seen half of it and I can tell you and the fans this, Honest to god, it is far and away probably going to be THE BEST Star Wars you’ve ever seen.”
He also spoke about his process for creating the artwork, and how seeing the movie and reading the script help him to contextualize the poster:
“Having seen the film I know what it is about. I got familiar with the characters, so I know what they’re portraying in their feelings. So I paint the situation and I paint the feelings. Not to tell the story, but to tell you how you’re going to feel when you see the film.”
As to how the poster speaks for the characters themselves in the film, Struzan said the following:
“To me it represents the film. The spirit of the film, the new characters, the battle again to find the truth, to grow up, to find the purpose in life. It’s all those things that Star Wars had to be and is still. And I hope to represent that again to a new generation.”
These are big words for Struzan to come out and say, and while it’s unlikely that The Force Awakens will be better than the Original Trilogy films for a lot of fans, to know that he was this enthusiastic about the project when he began his work on the poster, and still is – should be more than comforting for the fans out there reading this. The poster definitely felt like a return-to-form for the franchise, and it’ll be interesting to see fan reactions to it again, after they see The Force Awakens and actually have a full story and characters to associate the artwork with.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is set to hit theatres on December 18th.
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