Since the trailer for the new Star Wars movie is now out, I thought it might be a good idea to re-visit an old illustration I did for my wife’s Christmas present almost ten years ago. Looks like I was on the right track for a few things and totally off on a few others.
So lets start with the stuff I (sort of) got right.
Big focus on a Stormtrooper. The new trailer pretty much opens up with a shot of a very worried and frantic Stormtrooper sans helmet. My poster is mostly a Stormtrooper’s helmet. The only other person we really see in the trailer (except the rolly-polly droid and the back of dark, scary dude) is a female. And my poster has a female lead. In my case, it was an attempt to put my wife (then girlfriend) as the hero of my fictional 7th movie. And my poster has Tie-Fighters and X-Wings and so does the new trailer. Considering this is a Star Wars movie, that was a pretty safe bet. Ditto for talking about the Light and Dark side of the Force. This IS a Star Wars movie after-all.
And now for the big differences.
The setting. My poster would most likely take place fairly soon after the original movies would have ended. I had imagined maybe a year or two. I have a tough time thinking the Empire would last another 30 years or so as the new trailer implies. The planet I have in the backdrop is a totally new world, the one in the trailer sure looks a lot like Tatooine to me. Though rumor has it, this might be a different desert world we are looking at. And I don’t have a totally kick-ass shot of the Millennium Falcon doing battle with Imperial Tie-Fighters in my poster. And no light sabers in sight on my poster. I’m very interested in how that cross guard will work in the new movie. Right now, it looks just as dangerous to the wielder as it would be to an opponent.
And of course my poster is totally fictional. And unless something goes horribly wrong, we will have a very real Star Wars movie to see in one year from now. And I didn’t think I’d say it, but I am now very intrigued to see it.