When we think of enduring film franchises there really are only three that come to mind if you’re out of your teens: Star Trek, Star Wars, and Bond. We won’t get into a discussion (read: fist fight) here about which is best and most beloved, but it isn’t unreasonable to think that perhaps the one that’ll be the most enduring as time goes on will be Star Wars.
As I’ve written here before, the true genius of Star Wars is that at its core it’s a story as old as time. There is the evil empire fighting the righteous forces of the princess, her guards, and some handsome loner-rogue with a sidekick modeled after the director’s dog. It’s captured our imaginations for generations. Bond may have it beat in years but Bond lives in the ‘real’ world and Star Wars isn’t bound by such mortal limitations.
But while the characters of Star Wars are eternal, those who brought them to life are relatively ephemeral, and with the sudden passing of Carrie Fisher last December, the upcoming film has more on its shoulders than it would otherwise have. But this year also marks 40 years of the film franchise, and to pay homage to the occasion, Annie Leibovitz was hired to shoot the cast, of which Carrie Fisher was part.
The teaser trailer that was recently released left audiences wanting much more, and more is what Vanity Fair and Annie are bringing. For the month of June, four covers of Vanity Fair will be printed and each featuring Star Wars characters on the cover coupled with a Star Wars spread befitting General Leia within.
Of course the images are beautiful, and shot in a sort of typical Leibovitz-dichotomy fashion; soft but striking, simple but complex. The images truly span the gamut of primary characters like Rey and Luke on Ahch-To, Kylo Ren, Gwendoline Christie as Phasma, and General Hux. But, you’d be hard pressed to peel your eyes away from the images of Leia and Luke. Vanity Fair is bringing the ‘feels’.
You can check out more of the images here, and look for the new issue out June 6th.