We’re less than three weeks away from the opening of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and brand new IMAX and RealD 3D posters were just revealed featuring new art for the final piece of the Skywalker Saga.
The new IMAX poster is strikingly simple in design relying heavily on the character development fans have come to expect throughout the Skywalker Saga, with Rey focused in the center against images of Leia and Luke Skywalker with Kylo Ren looming above.
The poster follows a similar art style to the other promotional materials we’ve seen for the new film so far albeit focused in on the primary characters in the final film.
The designs of both the new IMAX poster and the RealD 3D release both appear to take inspiration from classic Star Wars posters, particularly channeling Star Wars: A New Hope (1977).
Each format of the film will come with its own poster (check out the RealD 3D poster below and see how many similarities you draw between this design and the poster for Star Wars: A New Hope.
J.J. Abrams is returning to the director’s chair for the final installment of the Skywalker Saga, and the throwback design of this poster appears to mirror Abrams’ thoughts on ending such a pivotal trilogy.
Abrams, who also directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has regularly commented that it is much more challenging to end a trilogy like this one than it is to start one, a thought which may serve as some inspiration for the throwback-style poster art.
While Abrams’ personal contributions to Star Wars will wrap up the latest trilogy with The Rise of Skywalker, this story will also bring to an end the story that has spread throughout popular culture over the past 42 years. The latest poster along features Rey with a lightsaber in hand atop rocky terrain ready for a final challenge of sorts, while the 1977 artwork for A New Hope offers a similarly image of Luke wielding his lightsaber.
In both versions, Rey and Luke are surrounded by a cast of characters who are pivotal to their film’s storylines, while expressions of Kylo Ren and Darth Vader fill up most of the background with only various starships otherwise dotting the sky.
J.J. Abrams has stated that he’s taken inspiration from Rian Johnson, who directed Star Wars: The Last Jedi, going into The Rise of Skywalker with a more intense feel in mind as some fans felt the direction of The Force Awakens played it very safe in comparison.
While members of any fandom (and perhaps Star Wars in particular) are never entirely on the same page, we’re already seeing some of Abrams’ ideas behind the latest film coming through in its promotional work and we can’t wait to see it when it opens in theaters on December 20.
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