Star Wars actor John Boyega has taken to social media to share a picture of his upcoming role in The Force Awakens, teasing fans with an image of himself standing next to one of the series’ most iconic characters.
Boyega posted the photo on Instagram earlier this week, as Flickering Myth notes. It depicts him in costume as Finn, the rogue stormtrooper he plays in the seventh Star Wars film, standing next to Chewbacca. Finn holds an updated version of an iconic blaster in the image, while Chewbacca is armed with his trusty bowcaster. The Wookie is still payed by Peter Mayhew in The Force Awakens, and will feature in his own comic book series this fall, as the Inquisitr previously reported.
The image is actually taken from a larger Star Wars banner that leaked online earlier this year. Meant to appear in a Russian LEGO catalog, the image was originally released unofficially. Boyega’s Instagram post has been up consistently for four days, however, suggesting that Lucasfilm is quite alright with it making the rounds online, as SlashFilm notes.
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The larger banner from which Boyega’s picture is taken depicts not only Finn and Chewbacca, but also a host of new characters that will debut in The Force Awakens. Daisy Ridley’s Rey holds her staff in a defensive pose (which can be seen in the upper right-hand corner of Boyega’s image), while the masked visage of Kylo Ren overlooks all, a menacing red lightsaber held aloft. A flametrooper stands next to the chrome-armored Captain Phasma, while the newly designed (and recently revealed) TIE fighters that will feature in the newest Star Wars film fly overhead.
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Neither Han Solo (Harrison Ford) nor Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) feature anywhere in the image, which has the feel of the classic Star Wars movie posters. If it is indeed taken from The Force Awakens theatrical release poster, original Star Wars actors Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill may also feature in a still larger version, as well as the series’ stalwart droids.
Fans will get a chance to see for themselves when the theatrical poster itself is released in the coming months, ahead of the December release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
[Image: Lucasfilm via Flickering Myth]