Drew Struzan Calls 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' "The Best Star Wars Film You've Ever Seen"!!

By Matt O'Bryant

What's up guys and gals,

Today we have some badass news from artist Drew Struzan who's new Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster was unveiled over this past weekend at D23 EXPO.  You can see the badass poster, a short clip from Struzan's documentary, plus the two teaser trailers below.  Enjoy!

Recently artist Drew Struzan sat down for an interview with the good people over at Movie Weekly to talk about his work on the poster and his thoughts on the highly anticipated film. Struzan talks about how great the script was, and mentioned that he got to see half of the film, and its gonna be the best Star Wars film ever!  

We get together and meet and he says we’re using all the original people - John Williams, Kasdan, Harrison Ford’s in it, everybody’s in it and everybody’s writing and making the music and we have to have your art to make it the real thing. So, of course, I’ve got to do it for George and I’ve got to do it for Star Wars. I’ve never worked with J.J before and so we started working on it and he showed me like half the movie and it was just… a wonderful film and I know it’s going to be grand. I got to read the script and subsequently I’ve seen half of it and I can tell you and the fans this, Honest to god, it is far and away probably going to be THE BEST Star Wars you’ve ever seen.
— Drew Struzan

Here is another little piece when Movie Weekly ask Struzen does having seen a piece or all of the film help him with his creative process or does it hinder it?

Oh it helps undeniably, because it’s not about what I feel, it’s what they did and it’s up to me to get a feeling about the film. Because you know after all, as much as we’d like to think we’re intellectuals, we really act more with our hearts than we do with our heads and I definitely have the bigger heart than I have the brain (laughs). I read the script and I saw the film, I got to know the maker and I know Star Wars. I had feelings for it and I paint how I feel about it. And it seems to connect with you and the world. So I have a universal feeling and I paint what I saw. Having seen the film I know what it is about. I got familiar with the characters, so I know what they’re portraying in their feelings. So I paint the situation and I paint the feelings. Not to tell the story, but to tell you how you’re going to feel when you see the film.
— Drew Struzan

Struzan goes on to talk about the process of the studio selecting the poster and how long he worked on different concepts for the film's poster.

I worked for seven months on all different kinds of concepts with the studio and J.J and if you really want to know the sacred truth, after I got started and I saw the film and read the script, I was going over it in my mind for weeks - How do I feel about it? How can I represent this film really well? And I did this, like many creatives do, I came up with the concept in my sleep. Just like John Lennon used to write his best music in his sleep, I designed my painting in my sleep. That was the first one I did and I went for seven months doing stuff and in the end, guess which one they picked? The very first thing I did (laughs). So trust your sleep because that’s what I came up with and that’s what they loved from the very beginning. To me it represents the film. The spirit of the film, the new characters, the battle again to find the truth, to grow up, to find the purpose in life. It’s all those things that Star Wars had to be and is still. And I hope to represent that again to a new generation.
— Drew Struzan

Movie Weekly even ask Struzan on whether he would like to work on the next Star Wars posters:

I have hope and desire if they should ask and want me back, I would consider it. If I’m able and capable… you’ll find me here (laughs).
— Drew Struzan

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS  hits theaters on December 18th, 2015