Get Lost in The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Today’s the day that The Force Awakens film hits theaters. (Well, last night, but who’s counting?) But that isn’t the only Star Wars-related item available to the public today. There’s the score by John Williams, and The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a coffee table book by Phil Szostak that’s chock full of concept artwork from the production process. Szostak was a conceptual researcher and archivist in The Force Awakens’ art department, so is able to provide an incredibly in-depth look at all the alternate designs that could have ended up onscreen, and how Disney and LucasFilm went through multiple iterations to land on the new characters and worlds of the film. We’ve got 10 exclusive images from inside the book: a glimpse at early designs of the downed Star Destroyer on Jakku, an alternate version of BB-8, and several different ideas for First Order stormtroopers. Could some of this art lead to speculation? Like, say, the fact that the character of Rey was originally known as Kira? Could be; who are we to get in the way of a good conspiracy theory?