Let’s Analyze The New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Poster

First observation: it’s orange and teal.

Well gents, here it is. After tons of amazing fan posters and the D23 Drew Struzan piece, we finally have the final theatrical poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While it’s been confirmed that it isn’t a Drew Struzan poster, it’s still quite lovely and is packed pretty full. It may only be a piece of promotional material, there’s still a stone of little details to pick apart… so let’s get started.

Let’s see the full poster

Here it is. Click it for a hi-res version:

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So, what observations do you guys have?

Here are our thoughts from the poster, which include general impressions and speculation based on the images shown:

  • Rey is front and center on this thing, which is really making us think she’s going to not only be the main character of the film, but the focus of the trilogy.
  • The divide between Rey and Kylo Ren is a great part of graphic design… and it gives a real visual feeling like they’re two sides of the same coin. And by that, we mean brother and sister.
  • Who’s that little alien next to R2-D2? We’re thinking it’s Maz Kanata.
  • Poe Dameron has an awfully small place on the poster for being one of the “big three” of the new era.
  • Adam Driver has a higher billing than Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac… which makes us wonder just how substantial Kylo Ren’s role is in the film.
  • Leia is sporting a look very reminiscent of something her mother would wear, especially with that hair style.
  • So, we have Han Solo, Princess Leia… and no Luke Skywalker. However, if you look at the credits Mark Hamill has second billing to Harrison Ford, which must mean has at least a decent sized role in the film. They must really want to keep Luke under wraps until we see him in the film… so don’t expect to catch a good glimpse of him in the trailer tomorrow.

What about that superweapon looking thingy?

The contraption to the upper right is obviously a First Order super weapon of some sort… though we’re having a little trouble seeing if that’s a space station or built into the side of a planet. If it is a space station, does that mean it’s Starkiller base… or is Starkiller base the operating position that controls the super weapon?

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We’ve seen the First Order on a snow planet, which we assumed was Starkiller base and has a super weapon in it… but perhaps there’s more to that story we’re not seeing.

It’s also worth noting that the design of the super weapon is very reminiscent of Ralph McQuarrie’s original concept art for the Death Star… especially the focusing aperture/canon apparatus in the middle.

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Overall, we adore the poster and can’t wait to pick apart the trailer tomorrow!

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