20. The Force Awakens D23 poster
While Drew Struzan, who was mostly retired by this point, would not be drawing the posters that would represent the sequel trilogy the way he had done for the prequels or the special editions of the originals, it still seemed right that his art would at some point represent the new Star Wars movies.
This poster was a limited release only to people attending the Disney convention D23. What’s really fascinating about this poster is how much it doesn’t look like a standard movie poster. Today’s movie posters tend to have the construction down to a science, and it’s easy to see how movie posters follow trends that have been successful in the past. The avoiding of the popular trends makes this poster feel like a real piece of art, not to mention the fact that it’s a return to a drawn style of poster rather than the composition of photographs that have become so popular in modern movie poster creation.
While most of the poster is taken up by characters that are new to the franchise, we still get several familiar images including Han Solo in the corner and a squadron of X-Wings and a squadron of TIE fighters on either side of the Light Side/Dark Side like that Rey makes up going down the middle of the poster. In a clever bit of design, Struzan manages to get both the sun of Jakku and the sun of Takodana on one side of the poster, evoking memories of the twin suns of Tatooine on the poster.