Sunday 9 April 2023

Return of the Jedi returning to cinemas

During Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023, Lucasfilm announced Star Wars: Return of the Jedi would be returning to cinemas to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

A new commemorative poster has been produced by Matt Ferguson who previously worked on Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in 2020.

“I’m so happy and grateful to get to work on these movies again, even more so to be given the freedom to continue what I started with Empire,” says Ferguson. “For that poster, a cold mechanical vibe completely takes over the whole composition. But Return of the Jedi is very much the triumph of Luke and the Rebels, so I wanted to have more of the warmer colors coming back into the art, hence pivoting to green with red accents.”

After a 3-year wait, I remember the fevered anticipation for Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Impatiently waiting for a mail-away Admiral Ackbar action figure in the months leading up to the conclusion of the original trilogy.

“The artwork should tell a story, so for me it only made sense to give over the composition to those two characters,” he continues. “Will Luke be turned? Is Vader going to overcome the darkness? It’s all about the pull between good and evil.”

Starting 28th April, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi will return to select cinemas in the US, UK and other regions for a limited time.

What are your memories of seeing Star Wars: Return of the Jedi? Let me know in the comments below.

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