By: Dominic Jones
Our friends over at MakingStarWars.net are back with one of their famous "description" scoops, but this time it's not concept art. Jason Ward from MSW has gotten a look at publicity shot for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens featuring Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Chewbacca in the costumes they will be wearing in the new film. There is nothing really spoiler-y about this. There's no plot details, just costume descriptions, so if you're trying to avoid spoilers you should be safe if you want to read on.
In the photo, Princess Leia is sitting with her arm around the Wookiee, on his lap, as if Chewbacca is Santa Claus. Han Solo stands behind them with his arms crossed. The first photo in the gallery is really similar to the pose they’re in. Han Solo has the coat that looks really similar to the Indie Revolver concept leak, but the shirt is a little more Return of the Jedi and the duster appears to be the shorter cut, so its very much not a trench coat. His hair is gray, he’s got some mileage, sweetheart. Han’s expression is impatient but you can tell they’re having fun taking the photos.
Contrary to the bits we’ve seen of Chewbacca so far, he really does have a little more grey in his fur but not a ton, just more than the recent photos would have you think. In the “Thank You” video, I think that’s a stunt double’s costume. The Bob Iger pic had an Instagram filter on it that obscured the real look of the beast, so to speak. Basically, Chewbacca’s A New Hope mustache is back and its more serious than ever. Its pretty dark. The front of the mask has very yellowish/brown hair which allows the ‘stache to really shine. When you get to the top of the head hairline, its a little darker in tone and there’s more white/grey hair dispersed in there than the Return of the Jedi costume had. The source joked that Chewbacca’s ‘stache is almost looking a little Billy Dee in the shot. The costume looks really stellar and Chewbacca seems to have an upgraded satchel as well. In reality, the Chewbacca costume hasn’t really been revealed as the hero suit is still unseen publicly. The hair is combed straight back, classic style, no bangs for the Wookiee.
Princess Leia is wearing a solid jumpsuit. It is grayish blue. She wears a black vest which hangs below her waist. The vest is more in the style of the Tantive IV trooper than Han Solo’s classic vest. The jumpsuit has an open button-down collar and the cuffs are rolled up about two inches at her wrists. She has a thick black belt with a silver belt-buckle (very 1980). Her hair is braided and pulled over to the side so it hangs over her left shoulder in a ponytail. Her hair is grey with dark blonde tones to it. She has dark black boots on with a darker black band around the top of them.
Leia’s costume really evokes the look and feel of the Tantive IV Troopers sans dopey space helmet. The blue with the black vest and the black boots almost works in a way as to state she is or was of those people. Its an early Spring attire that says “Remember Alderaan.” The under-jumpsuit really has an Empire Strikes Back vibe to it. But overall, she looks like the queen of the Tantive IV troopers.
The costumes of The Force Awakens are very much back to basics. All the lead characters have very simple designs. Unlike Return of the Jedi or a complex film like The Phantom Menace, the designs are very much like those from The Empire Strikes Back. Richard Marquand didn’t like the costumes for The Empire Strikes Back and you’ll notice they change drastically in look and feel after that. Conceptually, I saw a lot of Return of the Jedi making its way into the costumes, but in terms of photographs, its looking very basic and well done. I don’t feel there’s a right way to do this, just the director’s preference and Abrams appears to prefer the simple designs. So cosplayers are going to be really happy about that!
This is very exciting and seems to put an end to those rumors that we wouldn't be seeing the "legacy characters" in any of the marketing for the film. The question is, when will see this released? I expect it will show up in some mainstream media source (Entertainment Weekly, etc.) fairly soon, but Lucasfilm/Disney could also be saving it for a reveal at Celebration this April.
As always this is just a rumor until confirmed or denied by Lucasfilm or Disney.
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