Since the release of The Phantom Menace in May 1999, Star Wars fans across the galaxy have eagerly anticipated the Vanity Fair issue afforded to each subsequent chapter of the Saga for a first-look at the latest film. Today is the day that patience has been rewarded with the release of not one, but FOUR exclusive covers depicting the main cast in Rian Johnson's #TheLastJedi. While a teaser trailer for the film was released at Star Wars Celebration this past April, Annie Leibovitz vividly brings the characters to life in her gorgeous photographs from the set of #TheLastJedi. Each cover features a different theme pertaining to the photographed characters, including the Dark Side, the Resistance, the Force and the Legacy. This issue is set to hit newsstands on May 31st in New York and Los Angeles, and nationally on June 6th, 2017. For those looking for something more, Vanity Fair is offering a pre-order option which includes all four exclusive covers, a commemorative poster, and early access to the digital editions on May 24th, which can be purchased here. Now let's get down to business, these covers...
Annie Leibovitz is a legend with a camera, this is a fact, and these covers only further evidence this point. Each photograph is beautiful in its own right, but when set against each other like this, it is hard not to feel giddy about the future of the greatest film franchise in cinematic history. Up first is the Dark Side-themed cover which features Adam Driver's emotionally-torn Kylo-Ren, Dohmnall Gleeson's nefarious General Hux, and most interestingly (at least to me), Gwendolyn Christie's UNMASKED Captain Phasma. Ever since the release of The Force Awakens, I've been fond of Captain Phasma. She was the first character, besides Rey, I had a real interest in from this trilogy and while she had an underwhelming presence in TFA, I am still completely invested in her potential and this cover only heightens that interest. While I loved the fact that she was never unmasked in The Force Awakens, I would love to see her character further explored in The Last Jedi. As far as Kylo-Ren and General Hux, I will wait until the film is released on December 15th to form any kind of concrete opinion on these two. Next is the Resistance-themed cover, which may I pause and say POE!!! (*drools*), featuring Oscar Isaac's Poe BAE-meron and John Boyega's fan-favorite Finn (or FN-#2187), and introduces Kelly Marie Tran's badass Rose Tico. If you couldn't tell, I have a soft spot for Poe. Be still, my beating heart. As much as I love Poe, however, I may love the diversity of this cover a little bit more. Each actor featured on this particular cover is a person of color and it is refreshing to see a galaxy far, far away slowly becoming more reflective of the modern world we live in. I firmly believe in Girl Power and I love the ladies of Star Wars fiercely, so of course, besides Poe, I am beside myself with excitement over Kelly Marie Tran's Rose and I honestly can't wait to see how she fits in with this group of rebels. The force is STRONG with the two featured on the third cover, which includes Daisy Ridley's former scavenger turned maybe-Jedi Rey and Mark Hamill's ICONIC return as the titular Luke Skywalker. It's hard to explain how much I anticipate the relationship between these two characters and how it will unfold, especially given how The Force Awakens ended, so I won't even try. I will say, however, Luke and Rey's relationship sparks hope for my fondest wish in the sequel trilogy, which is the return of Anakin Skywalker, played by Hayden Christensen, and I would give anything for that wish to come true. Until then, I'll be staring fondly at this cover wishing for December's speedy arrival in anticipation for this complicated relationship. The fourth and final cover is one that makes my heart ache is the best of ways, featuring the dearly-departed #LEGEND Carrie Fisher in her titular role as Princess Leia Organa, or should I say General. Like most, I grew up with Star Wars. I watched it as a little girl with my mom and while I loved the original trilogy films, I mostly loved Leia. Carrie Fisher's passing was heartbreaking beyond words, but to see her legacy live on and to see her beloved character return to the silver screen for one last time in December will truly be an unforgettable moment for us all. This gorgeous tribute to our beloved General is a true work of art by Leibovitz and I know I will be at Barnes & Noble on June 6th to pick up my copy, without a doubt.
Side Note: Annie Leibovitz has long been one of my greatest photographic inspirations with her classic, romantic style. I will never be at the same level as her as a photographer, not even close, but she is one of those individuals who has consistently inspired my dreams and I can't help, but include two of my favorite photographs taken by her. If you thought I could get away without mentioning Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen, I'm sorry! This shoot from the set of Attack of the Clones taken at Lake Como will always hold such a special place in my heart as the two individuals photographed do.
That is all for this morning! I'm off to pick up my cousin from the airport for a week of Walt Disney World adventures.
All my love, Britt.