New Rise of Skywalker Poster Pays Homage to Revenge of the Jedi
Woa! Check out the narly new one-sheet for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, featuring a poster design that gleefully hearkens back to the 1982 teaser poster to Star Wars: Revenge of the Jedi illustrated by that God-amongst-men poster designer Drew Struzan. Check out the poster below!
A long time ago … in the 80s … George Lucas intended to call the final Star Wars movie Revenge of the Jedi, and went so far as to enlist Drew Struzan to create a number of posters to promote the film. While Lucas ultimately backed off of this title and settled for the softer (and more appropriate) Return of the Jedi, the iconic posters remained embedded in Star Wars lore. And with good reason: the design is absolutely amazing! Featuring a heavy dose of red and a splash of purple and blue over a wicked silhouette of Darth Vader and a smaller image of the series’ big bad duking it out with Luke in the corner, I can’t imagine how amazing this would have been to see hanging in a theater during Christmas of 1982. Simply amazing.
The newer poster, illustrated by Rich Davies, does a wonderful job of mimicking Struzan’s design. My only question is: where can I get one?
Returning cast members for The Rise of Skywalker include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo and Billie Lourd. Joining the cast are Naomi Ackie (Doctor Who), Richard E. Grant (Logan), Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings), and Keri Russell (The Americans), who will also be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian. The role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Carrie Fisher, using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
In addition to directing, Abrams co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio (Argo, Justice League). Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, and Abrams will produce, with Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin executive producing. Composer John Williams, who has scored every chapter in the Star Wars saga since 1977’s A New Hope, will return to a galaxy far, far away with Rise of Skywalker.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is scheduled for release on December 20.