Unless you’ve been hiding under a Bantha for the last few months, you are no doubt aware that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming to cinemas on the 17th Dec 2015 in the UK. Yesterday a new poster and trailer dropped showing a whole lot more than we’d seen before. The most noticeable thing in both is the distinct absence of a certain Mr. Skywalker… There is the tiniest glimpse of a hooded figure with a robotic hand in the trailer, which is most likely Luke, but that’s it. He’s not on the poster or really featured in the trailer. We know Mark Hamill was on set and his name is on the poster, so he will pop up somewhere, but he’s most definitely conspicuous by his absence in the marketing.
So why is that? The most likely possibility is something to do with his appearance. Could it be he’s been careless enough to loose an eye or ear along with his hand? Or could it be he’s turned to the dark side… Maybe that beard he’s been cultivating is some misdirection, and he’s not the new ‘Obi-Wan’ but the new ‘Emperor’, ravaged by years seeped in the dark side of the force… Which brings us to the next thing…
…that thing in the background of the poster that looks somewhat like a giant Pokemon ball. Is that a new Death Star? You know what they say, ‘3rd times a charm’ right?
Also interesting is the composition of the poster. Daisy Ridley’s Rey is front and centre, flanked by John Boyega’s Finn and Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren. This raises 2 things. 1 – it’s interesting that (currently at least), the lead isn’t the Jedi, and 2 – is the positioning of light and dark either side of Rey a sign she will get pulled in both directions?.. Or maybe i’m reading too much into it, and it just looked cool. ;)
Either way, tickets are available now, and I urge you to go and book asap.