Wednesday, November 4, 2015

"The Force Awakens" Character Posters Revealed

Just a few weeks after the release of the theatrical poster and final trailer, 5 character posters have been revealed for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, featuring Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), and Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher). Each of these beautiful posters features a character standing valiantly with their face partially obstructed.
Rey looks defiant as usual, with what looks like Jakku in the background. We get a closer look at her signature staff. Since Rey's a scavenger with mechanical skill, it probably has some cool capabilities other than just a stick to hit people with -- though it'll definitely be used for that, too. The little knobs sticking out of the staff (above her eye line) could be part of a turnable wheel that activates an electrical component, allowing Rey to zap her enemies. 
Finn holds a blue lightsaber that was almost certainly previously owned by Luke and Anakin Skywalker. You can clearly see some kind of fire burning in the background, and based on footage released from the trailer and teasers, I believe that this poster takes place during the First Order's burning of a village on Jakku, during their search for Finn and the lightsaber. Perhaps Kylo Ren starts killing innocent villagers and Finn confronts him.
Nothing much is new with Kylo Ren. He's still looking scary in that mask and cloak. You can see that his blade is unstable and sparking, while Finn's is more solid. Based on both this and the cover of The Force Awakensyet-to-be-released Visual Dictionary, it appears that Kylo's homemade weapon is a "plasma blade", not a lightsaber, though it seems to be just as deadly, if not more. 
Han Solo may be old, but he can still put up a fight with his signature blaster. The bright white lights in the background could be from a First Order Star Destroyer, based on Empire Magazine's October cover
We've seen very little of Leia's role in the movie so far, but the green lights around her appear to be holographic diagrams of an attack plan, suggesting that Leia has indeed become the leader and prime strategist for the Resistance. It's still unconfirmed if she's become a Jedi, but Carrie Fisher tweeted this poster with the caption "Oh Luke, don't ask for the moon, we have the force."

Speaking of which, there's still no sign of Luke. But was anyone really expecting that after over a year of hiding him from the film's promotion, they'd suddenly plop him onto a character poster for everyone to see?  

What do you think of the posters? Tell me in the comments, and may the Force be with you all. 

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