Luke and Leia are back in the latest IMAX poster for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Carrie Fisher's Leia Organa has been featured in the trailers for the movie, but not on a poster until now. Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker has been absent from everything visually, though we have heard his voice in the trailers. Obviously, the focus of the sequel trilogy is on the new characters, while leaning on the legacy of the surviving cast members to pass the torch, but we've seen Leia and Luke featured quite a bit in the previous marketing materials for the past installments. With that said, some fans were disappointed about not seeing Luke and Leia on any of the previous posters.
A bunch of Star Wars 9 character posters were recently released, featuring the newest members of the cast, along with R2-D2, C-3PO, Lando Calrissian, and Chewbacca. The posters were well-received by Star Wars fans, but many wanted to know where Luke and Leia were. Thankfully, the latest IMAX poster features them prominently in a creative design that adds Rey and Kylo Ren into the equation too. It's definitely one of the better posters released for the upcoming movie.
The future of Carrie Fisher's Leia Organa was uncertain after the actress passed away in late 2016. However, J.J. Abrams and crew were able to take unused footage from 2015's The Force Awakens to complete her story arc. "There are scenes where she's interacting with other characters in a way that is uncanny," Abrams recently said. "Hopefully, if it works, it will be an invisible thing and if you didn't know, you would never know." So far, we have only seen the character in small clips from the trailers.
As for Luke Skywalker, it is believed that Mark Hamill is back as a Force Ghost this time around. Hamill has kept his lips sealed whenever asked for details about his return. The actor did share how far Lucasfilm goes to keep secrets, noting that he was hand-delivered some rewrites. After reading everything, he had to hand them back so that it could be returned to the set for safekeeping. While that may seem a bit extreme, it keeps the scripts from ending up on eBay, just ask John Boyega about that, after he nortoiusly left a darft under his bed and it was stolen.
The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20th, though the world premiere and press screenings will take place at the beginning of that week. Fans who are looking to go in blind should be careful about visiting certain sites and possibly avoiding social media that week in order to keep everything a secret. J.J. Abrams has been giving fans quite a bit of information about the movie, so it's going to be very interesting to see what all of the real secrets are when the time comes. While we wait, you can check out the latest IMAX poster for The Rise of Skywalker below, thanks to the IMAX Twitter account.