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Sunday, October 18, 2015

"The Force Awakens" Poster Revealed

The official theatrical poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been revealed, a day ahead of the final trailer release during ESPN's Monday Night Football. 

The most prominent figure on the poster, lurking on the upper left corner, is the villainous Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). Standing next to him is self-sufficient desert dweller Rey (Daisy Ridley). Her position in the poster suggests that she's the most important hero in the film, which supports the popular fan theory that she's a Skywalker, either the daughter of Luke or Han and Leia. Ren's iconic crossguard blade and Rey's signature staff are perfectly parallel to each other, and fans wonder if this signifies a blood relation between the two. 
On the right side of the poster is runaway stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega), holding a lightsaber that has been previously confirmed to be the lost blade of Anakin (and later Luke) Skywalker. Several Original Trilogy characters lie below Rey, including Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) and R2-D2 (Kenny Baker). You can spot X-wing pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and his rolling astromech BB-8 to the left of Han. It was previously suggested that Dameron's role in the film was equal to that of Rey and Finn, but the poster conveys that he's a smaller character. The small alien above BB-8 appears to be Teedo (Kiran Shah), a scavenger on Jakku and an acquaintance of Rey's. Other sites have guessed that this is instead Maz Kanata, Lupita Nyong'o's motion-captured pirate. 

The bottom of the poster shows the might of the sinister First Order. The chrome-clad Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) faces the audience in the center, with two stormtroopers by her side, and rows of specialized flametroopers and more stormtroopers below. 

It's unknown if this poster is designed by legendary Star Wars artist Drew Struzan who made an exclusive poster sold at D23 this August, but it clearly references his classic styles, including several spaceships visible on the sides. On the left, two X-wing fighters fly away from an explosion, and on the right, the Millenium Falcon (possibly piloted by Rey) evades next-generation TIE fighters, with two First Order star destroyers (including the Finalizer) in the background. 

The upper right corner of the poster features a semi-spherical, Death Star-esque thing that will probably have many people scratching their heads. I immediately identified this as Starkiller Base, the First Order's stronghold that was previously confirmed to be "armed" with a superweapon that can destroy entire star systems. The exact details of it have yet to be revealed, but it appears that rather than build one from scratch, the entire icy planet has been torn apart and converted into a huge superweapon. This will undoubtedly serve as a huge plot piece to the movie, with the climax likely centered around an attempt by the heroic Resistance to destroy Starkiller Base and save the galaxy. 

The most notable absence from the poster is Luke Skywalker. Rumors have run rampant that he's missing and/or evil in the film, so this definitely seems to support that. 

The release of this poster was directly accompanied with a confirmation of the advanced tickets going on sale tomorrow, and an "exclusive new look" (AKA the first and last full trailer) at the film during the Giants vs. Eagles game on ESPN tomorrow night, along with details about various exclusive in-theater offers. 

What do you think of the poster? What are you hoping for in the trailer tomorrow night? Tell me in the comments, and may the force be with you all. 

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