Photographer Marco Grob Photographs the Stars of Star Wars: The Force Awakens for TIME


TIME has unveiled a behind the scenes video of its Star Wars: The Force Awakens photoshoot with photographer Marco Grob. 

Photographer Marco Grob photographed the stars of Star Wars: The Force Awakens for TIME, and the photos are absolutely stunning. TIME released the behind the scenes video today, and the music coupled with Grob’s narrative on how he works his craft, along with the visually mesmerizing photos, is just simply fantastic. Check it out.

When I met BB-8…it’s even weird to say that ‘When I met BB-8.’ Whoever designed that thing, they are geniuses.”

Not only do we get to see and hear R2-D2 and BB-8 be photographed, but the vulnerability of Harrison Ford — which is exposed by Grob — is jaw-dropping, to say the least. There’s also the first publicity shot of Mark Hamill, who looks about 20 years younger due to his getting back in great physical shape, and sans the beard.

Grob had this to say about the Star Wars saga:

"“For me, Star Wars is much more than only a film. Star Wars is hundreds of people who try to push the envelope. People who take enormous risks in creative and in technical aspects. They try to do things we’ve never seen before in a way nobody would have imagined to ever see before. And for me, it’s incredible.”"

There’s also the statuesque look of newcomer Daisy Ridley, who looks every bit a veteran movie star, despite The Force Awakens being her first ever film. Ridley is transformed from the desert scavenger in dirty brown clothes, to the height of elegance. It seems as if Grob got up close and personal during this photoshoot, which he says is how his process works.

As to an early screening of The Force Awakens, or all the trailers and teasers for the film, Grob says he didn’t watch any of them because he didn’t want to be influenced by what he would have seen. You can read TIME‘s complete coverage of the the behind the scenes photo shoot by clicking the provided link.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters in two weeks for its worldwide theatrical premiere on December 17 and 18.

Header image:  R2-D2 and BB-8 on the cover of the Dec. 14, 2015 issue of TIME. Photo Credit Marco Grob for TIME