Earlier today, Empire Magazine revealed 6 new Star Wars: The Force Awakens collectible covers for their latest issue. They included Rey (Daisy Ridley) and BB-8, Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), Finn (John Boyega), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) with Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew). The publication also promised that a 7th cover would be revealed for subscribers only. That cover has arrived, along with two new photos.
The special collector's cover features iconic droids C-3PO and R2D2. The first new photo shows Oscar Isaac as X-Wing pilot Poe Dameron as he is brought into the dentition center by a Stormtrooper on the Starkiller base. The second new photo features Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma as she surveys the scorched Jakku landscape. Not much new can be gleaned from these latest issues. Except that Dameron will become a prisoner of the First Order. But the footage released during Comic Con already confirmed that.
Luke Skywalker is one of the few main characters who has not been revealed in any of the previously released footage. There have been several rumors regarding Luke Skywalker throughout the past two years, some claiming that he has gone into exile following Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, and others claiming that his original lightsaber, which was found in the desert, sends new heroes Rey and Finn on their heroic journey. Producer Kathleen Kennedy did offer a tantalizing tidbit earlier this month, revealing that Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: Episode IX all revolve around Skywalker's family.
Despite any authentic information regarding Luke Skywalker's plight, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is easily shaping up to be one of the most highly-anticipated movies in recent memory, and it already has box office numbers to back it up. We reported last week that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has sold a staggering $50 million in advanced ticket sales, which is twice as much as the previous record holder, 2012's The Dark Knight Rises. Sources claim that nearly a third of the $50 million pre-sales figure comes from IMAX theaters alone. With box office records already being broken, many wonder if Star Wars: The Force Awakens can break even more during opening weekend.
Some analysts have predicted that Star Wars: The Force Awakens could make more than $300 million domestic in its opening weekend, which would shatter the record of $208.8 million set by Jurassic World earlier this summer. Opening in theaters on December 18, 2015, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, and features a new generation of swashbuckling heroes and shadowy villains, as well as the return of fan-favorite smugglers, princesses, and Jedi. Check out the latest photos.