The time has officially come: we now have our very first official poster for [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158)! While the Drew Struzan poster from D23 is actually a special collector's piece, this new poster -- pictured below -- is considered the first major theatrical poster for the film.
There are a lot of things that dedicated fans have gotten used to: the appearance of the new heroes, Kylo Ren's mask, Captain Phasma and the first order, and of course, Finn holding the Skywalker family lightsaber. But as we wait for tomorrow's trailer release (said to debut roughly around 8:30 PST), it's worth noting that this poster gives away quite a lot of new material. Here are a few stand-outs:
That's no moon...
Rumors have long circulated around a new "super weapon" on at least one side of the war for the galaxy, so it was hard not to catch the large, circular object in the corner of the poster, with a rather menacing laser weapon in place. Is this the First Order's new weapon? Did anybody even pay attention to what happened to the first two Death Stars? Or is this overconfidence a sign of how much the First Order has improved upon old Imperial guidelines? Or -- given the alignment of the weapon on the poster -- does it actually belong to the Resistance?
Leia's New 'Do
At Star Wars Celebration, Carrie Fisher officially announced that the iconic hair buns are officially retired for good -- but she also promised something fun and new. While we've already gotten a sneak peek at Leia as part of the SDCC Behind-The-Scenes reel, it seems as though our rebel princess has a few more cool outfits planned, hopefully carrying on her mother's tradition of having more cosplay fodder in her closet than the actual runtime count of the movie itself.
Our first look at Maz Kanata?
One of the more mysterious, but ever-present roles in the marketing leading up to The Force Awakens is new character Maz Kanata, played by Lupita Nyong'o. This new character is a mysterious motion-capture creature who owns a pirate's den, as confirmed at the San Diego Comic-Con panel. We might see more of her in tomorrow's trailer, but it's worth noting that three of her possible crew members are getting their own digital novels.
The Light - and the Dark
Positioned in between a glowing red lightsaber and the Skywalker family saber itself, our heroine, Rey, seems to be the unwavering blockade between the two. Many (including myself) have speculated that Rey is the next Skywalker descendant, and this might lend a little credit to the theories that Rey is struggling with the two sides of the Force, as Luke and Anakin did before her.
Luke Skywalker, or lack thereof
The elephant in the room, of course, is the lack of Luke Skywalker on the poster. Some might feel a little disappointed in that, but in truth, this makes his presence so much more important than ever before. It's worth noting that we still have a trailer coming tomorrow, but even if Luke isn't part of that trailer, his absence does not necessarily indicate how much time he'll spend on screen. Out of everyone, Skywalker is the most ambiguous of the new heroes -- what happened to him is the hardest to guess. We'll more than likely have to wait until December for that.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens releases on December 18th.