Kylo Ren. Finn. Rey. Jakku. BB-8. How did this new generation of memorable Star Wars characters, worlds, and creatures come to life? A stunning new book, The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will tell that story. The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, written by Phil Szostak, is a portal that takes you from the earliest gathering of artists and production designers at Lucasfilm headquarters in San Francisco to the fever pitch of production at Pinewood Studios to the conclusion of post-production at Industrial Light & Magic.
Arriving in stores on December 18, the same day that Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters, it takes fans deep inside the evolution of the film. Exclusive interviews with the entire creative team also provide a detailed look at what it took to bring directorJ.J. Abrams' vision to life, while the unused "blue sky" concept art offers glimpses into roads not traveled. Bursting with hundreds of beautiful works of art that include production paintings, concept sketches, storyboards, blueprints, and matte paintings, The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will delight both Star Wars fans and film enthusiasts for years to come. Enjoy this special first look at the cover - featuring the mysterious Kylo Ren in a painting by legendary Star Wars concept artist Doug Chiang.
John Boyega (Finn), Daisy Ridley (Rey) and Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) lead a new cast of characters including Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Lupita Nyong'o (Maz Kanata), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke). Beloved favorites Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and Kenny Baker (R2-D2) also return to reprise their roles.
J.J. Abrams directs from a script he co-wrote with Lawrence Kasdan, with the director also producing alongside Kathleen Kennedy and Bryan Burk. With just over three months left until this highly-anticipated film hits theaters, some box office analysts are already predicting the movie could shatter records when it debuts. Some are estimating that it could earn a whopping $615 million worldwide. To put that number in perspective, Jurassic World became the first movie ever to crack $500 million worldwide this summer, taking in $524 million at the global box office.
It isn't known how much The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens book will cost, but it will surely be among the many must-have items for Star Wars fans. This book's announcement comes exactly one week after the massive, worldwide Force Friday event, where the first wave of Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise went on sale. Will you be picking up a copy of this book on December 18? Let us know what you think after checking out the cover art below.