Every image is gorgeous, and some are heartbreaking.
That’s what’s captured in the mix of portraits (seen in the gallery below) shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz in Vanity Fair’s collector’s issue for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. They anchor the magazine’s “definitive preview” for the eighth episode in the Skywalker saga, which is the in-depth article by writer David Kamp (click here to read).
These images also reveal for the first time the characters played by new cast members Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro. A focus is granted to some of the designers as well: Costume Designer Michael Kaplan, Production Designer Rick Heinrichs, and Creature Supervisor Neal Scanlan.
The most beautiful and precious images of the bunch, however, are the portraits of the late Carrie Fisher with her daughter Billie Lourd and co-star Mark Hamill. With her untimely and still shocking death, these become weighted with so much more poignancy and value.
And to top it off, there’s a short behind-the-scenes video highlighting the photo shoot, including more footage of a vibrant Fisher before she unexpectedly passed away at the age of 60.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens on December 15, 2017.
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