Vanity Fair's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Covers Show Heroes Divided

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 - 12:04PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 - 12:04PM
Vanity Fair's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Covers Show Heroes Divided
Image credit: Lucasfilm
Star Wars promo shoots are always awesome: from the rarely glimpsed photos from A New Hope all the way to the photos that Vanity Fair has just released for The Last Jedi, these images give fans exactly what they want: a clear look at the heroes and villains. Check 'em out:




Carrie Fisher's General Organa gets her own cover, as she rightly should. There's something bittersweet about seeing this photo, of a very regal Fisher in a long cloak that gives her an air of sophistication and grace. We'd expect no less.




Perhaps more interesting, though, is how the heroes and villains are split up on these cover photos. Entertainment magazines often play fast and loose with pairings for the sake of eye-catching images, but it makes sense that Luke and Rey are separated off on one cover, which looks to be shot on location or photoshopped with an oceanic background.

The Empire Strikes Back revolved around taking the group of heroes that audiences had grown to love and splitting them up to tell separate stories that offer more unique character interactions. It seems that The Last Jedi will continue this trend, with Finn, Poe, and newcomer Rose all off on their own separate mission for the Resistance, while Rey is busy learning the ways of the Force.




It seems that Rose, played by Kellie May Tran, will be playing a major part in the story—at least, that's what her placement alongside fan favorite characters imply. For those who are wary that The Last Jedi might be sticking too close to formula, it's worth noting that it's unusual for a new hero to come to prominence in the second movie in an Star Wars trilogy. At one point it had been rumored that this upcoming movie needed to be rewritten in part, thanks to the unexpected popularity of Finn and Poe, who were originally going to die in The Force Awakens.

The villains are no less interesting. Captain Phasma is back, and has removed her helmet, seemingly to prove that she's still grumpy about the whole trash compactor debacle. She's been photographed alongside General Hux and Kylo Ren before, but this photo seems to suggest that the power struggle between these three First Order leaders will become more complex in and of itself.

It seems that The Last Jed will be about a lot more than its titular character. Balancing these pairings will be difficult, but if it pays off, Rian Johnson could use the foundation provided by The Force Awakens to move away from the safer formula of the older movies.

Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi hits US theaters December 15th, 2017.
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