With baddies like Kylo and Snoke at the forefront of the new trilogy, it’s easy to forget there’s still lightness in the galaxy. But that’s just what the latest batch of Star Wars: The Last Jedi posters remind us.
Unveiled via IGN, the posters celebrate the light side of the force by highlighting well-loved characters like the paranoid droid C-3PO, the blippy companion R2-D2, and the newest rollie-pollie BB-8. They also put a pair of new creatures into the spotlight, those being a Porg and a Caretaker. Rian Johnson, the writer and director of The Last Jedi, previously explained that Porgs are based on the puffins of Skelling Island off the Irish coast. “If you go to Skellig at the right time of year, it’s just covered in puffins, and they’re the most adorable things in the world,” Johnson stated earlier this year. “So when I was first scouting there, I saw these guys, and I was like, ‘Oh, these are part of the island. And so the Porgs are in that realm.” The Caretakers, on the other hand, are “these big matronly creatures, but they have these little skinny little bird feet,” and have been on the aquatic planet of Ahch-To for “thousands of years, and they essentially keep up the structures on the island.”
Outside of the droids and critters, the new posters show off iconic Star Wars tech, including a Resistance pilot helmet, a lightsaber, an X-Wing, and, of course, the Millennium Falcon.
All nine posters feature stylized versions of the characters and items displayed across bright, cheerful backgrounds.
Starring Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran, and many more, Star Wars: The Last Jedi will fly into cinemas on December 15.