‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Reveals Limited Edition Drew Struzan Poster at D23
D23, Disney’s massive fan convention, took place over the weekend including the best from all of Disney’s many properties, including Star Wars and Marvel. As part of the big Star Wars: The Force Awakens presentation (which included appearances from John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o and Harrison Ford), all the fans in attendance got an extra special treat: a limited edition copy of the Drew Struzan poster for the film.
Though the legendary poster artist is mostly retired (he’s recently produced Comic-Con posters for both Cowboys & Aliens and How to Train Your Dragon 2), Struzan has illustrated artwork for all the previous Star Wars film, so it was not surprising to see him return for The Force Awakens. But, before you think you can get your hands on one of these, we have some bad news.
Struzan’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster (which you can see below), was a D23 exclusive, which means that the approximately 7,500 people who attended the Lucasfilm panel were among the only ones to get a copy, and even those were smaller prints. If you wanted a traditional 27 x 40 Force Awakens poster, you had to wait in line at the Star Wars D23 booth, which was printing only 150 full-size versions. The rest of us are out of luck (unless you want to try your luck on eBay, where copies were already going for over $200).
Currently Disney and Lucasfilm have no plans to release this poster outside of D23 and aren’t even releasing a hi-res digital copy online in order to prevent duplicates from being printed. (The version below, posted by Struzan to his Facebook page, is the largest version available and does not include the Force Awakens logo.) Sadly, Struzan does not appear to be working on the film’s official marketing campaign and this may be the only work he does for the new film.
As for the poster itself, you’ll almost immediately notice that Boyega’s Finn is holding a lightsaber, specifically one that looks very similar to Anakin’s. While we’ve seen a lightsaber as part of his costume before, this is the first we’re seeing of him wielding one. Also, this poster seems to reiterate the notion that Daisy Ridley’s Rey appears to be the lead of this new trilogy of films.
What do you think? It’s not Struzan’s best work (Harrison Ford seems oddly dropped in at the bottom), but always refreshing to see hand-painted artwork for movies.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18.
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