Two years removed from the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the story of Jyn Erso and her crew is cool again. Not that it ever wasn’t cool, but the fact that Cassian Andor is getting his own prequel series has certainly put the film back in the spotlight.
And now, wouldn’t you know it? A new poster is coming too.
This one is from artist Tom Whalen, who — in conjunction with Lucasfilm, Acme Archives, Bottleneck and Pulse Galleries — will release a poster based on the hit 2016 film on Thursday, November 15. Gizmodo is excited to exclusively debut both versions of the poster, starting with the regular edition, which is a 24 x 91cm screen print in an edition of 295 that costs $70.
And here’s the variant, which has a UV embellishment, in an edition of 150. it costs $75.
Now, if the poster looks familiar, it’s not because you’ve seen it before. This is a brand new poster. But the art was repurposed from something you may have seen when Rogue One was in theatres.
“This poster was initially a series of three interconnected, collectible tickets that Slidestar created to promote Rogue One,” Whalen told io9 via email. “Tickets were given out (one a week) at Regal Theatres during the first three weekends of Rogue One’s release in 2016. The idea was always to have them function as a combined image when placed side by side, [so] I’m thankful we are circling around and finally making the full image available as a poster.”
The choice to focus on the Troopers instead of the main characters came because, like many Star Wars projects, Whalen was forced to design the art before he was able to see the movie. Still, he believes it’s a fair, and fun, representation of the film.
“There’s always a challenge in designing a poster before a film’s release because you can never know if you’re hitting the heart of the film’s message without seeing it,” he said. “Thankfully, there’s a baked-in cool factor to all things ‘trooper’ in the Star Wars universe, so focusing primarily on the Tank Trooper, Death Trooper, and Stormtrooper from Rogue One seemed like (and was) a no-fail direction.”
Whalen regularly works with Mondo, Gallery 1988, and other pop-culture art outlets—but, oddly, he’s only done a few Star Wars posters in the past. That’s not a knock on the franchise, though. Like many of us, it was formative in his childhood and he dreams of doing another Rogue One poster.
“I’ll apply my wishful thinking to my favourite Rogue One character, K-2SO,” he said. “He’s such a great character and droid design, I’d love to explore him on a full poster someday.”