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Star Wars Saturday: Annie Leibovitz Keeps the Tradition

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I love Annie Leibovitz’s photography. She’s a master at the craft. She can make almost subject look cool, attractive, provocative, and self-mocking all at the same time. The Vanity Fair with her The Force Awakens photo shoot hit shelves this week, and the photos are delicious.

See the accompanying article here.

First, the cover of the magazine, which features old crew Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) sitting in the Millenium Falcon’s cockpit alongside newcomers Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and BB-8.

Vanity Fair cover for June 2015. Star Wars. The Empire Reboots! Photo Credit: Annie Leibovitz.

Vanity Fair cover for June 2015. Star Wars. The Empire Reboots! Photo Credit: Annie Leibovitz.

Next, a debonair shot of Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron. Who doesn’t love a man in uniform, hanging off his craft, with the wind sweeping his hair?

VF Star Wars Poe


The first look at Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren sans Sith mask. Unfortunately, he seems to be channeling some of the angsty anger of Anakin Skywalker. Hopefully he won’t hate snow.


VF Star Wars Sith


The shiny trooper below is thought to be Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma. I’m intrigued by how the helmet, breastplate, and torso plates have differing levels of shiny. What would make that happen that way?


VF Star Wars Shiny Trooper


Here’s J.J. Abrams directing Daisy Ridley’s Rey on set of the planet Jakku. I dig the costume of the foregrounded desert-dweller.

VF Star Wars Ren Abrams


I have incredibly mixed feelings about Lupita Nyong’o’s character being a CGI motion-captured pirate named Maz Kanata. On the one hand, she’ll probably do a great job with it. On the other hand, I’d rather see a black woman as a black woman in the Star Wars Universe. And I want Abrams to avoid the aliens as ethnics troubles that George Lucas seemed more and more likely to fall into as he continued making the films.

VF Star Wars Motion Capture


Finally, we have a rogues gallery of scum and villainy.  A beautiful throw-back touch is the droid that looks built off of the original design for C-3PO by Ralph McQuarrie. Compare below.


VF Star Wars Pirates




Author: Erin Perry

I'm a high school English teacher specializing in AP Literature and Film Analysis. I'm interested in most things geeky, including superheroes, vampires, zombies, teen culture, postmodern philosophy, pop culture analysis, and combinations of the aforementioned. Follow me on Twitter @eriuperry.

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