Artist Drew Struzan has seen "half" of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and came away more than a little impressed.
Drew Struzan might not be a name that comes immediately to mind when mentioning the Star Wars films, even though it should. The artist behind the official posters for Return of the Jedi, the Star Wars Special Editions, the prequel trilogy and more, it would be no understatement to say that he's created some of the franchise's most iconic imagery.
Most recently, he illustrated a "commemorative" Force Awakens poster for Disney's D23 event, a task that apparently led to him receiving a rare opportunity to view a large chunk of the new film in advance of its December release. Saying it was a positive experience, in turn, would be an understatement. "It is far and away going to be the best Star Wars you've ever seen," Struzan said, in a phone interview on Tuesday. While Struzan wouldn't elaborate on what exactly the footage he saw contained, he confirmed that he's seen about "half" of the movie and has additionally read its script. He would go on to say that The Force Awakens will be "grand" and that "it's beautifully made [and a] wonderful story."
The big question is whether or not moviegoers will agree with Struzan when the film hits theaters this later this year. Speaking personally, I'm really hoping that his take winds up being on the mark. Opinions vary, of course, but if it's even a fraction as "wonderful" as he's claimed, fans might finally have the sequel they've been wanting for decades.
Source: Movie Weekly