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If You're Excited For The New "Star Wars" Movie You Have To See This Art

An exclusive look at the art behind The Force Awakens. Excerpted from The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Today is a very good day for Star Wars fans. It's the release day of The Force Awakens, the long-awaited latest chapter in the Star Wars film saga.

And for super fans, there's a new, accompanying book about the art and production of the new movie — The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Set to release in conjunction with The Force Awakens in December 2015, the book features exclusive interviews with the entire creative team, imparting insights into director J. J. Abrams's vision, which includes unused "blue sky" concept art, and offering glimpses into roads not traveled. Bursting with hundreds of stunning works of art, including production paintings, concept sketches, storyboards, blueprints, and matte paintings, this visual feast will delight Star Wars fans and cineastes for decades to come.

Take a look at some of the incredible concept art behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens from the new book:

Hangar Bay (Pre-Production / September 2013)

Ryan Church

“This Star Destroyer hangar has to look decrepit and huge and old, which was challenging. We went back through the classic trilogy, and the hangar is one of the only Star Destroyer sets you see, the only set that can conjure specific, iconic imagery.” —Ryan Church

"Chase Version 02" (Pre-Production / July 2013)

Doug Chiang

Han Solo's Cockpit Jacket (Pre-production / March 2014)

Glyn Dillon

"We designed quite a few costumes, but again, Han Solo only ended up wearing the short brown jacket. But he had a duster coat, and for a while J.J. and Michael Kaplan wanted the original vest.” —Glyn Dillon

"TIE Loading Wide"

James Clyne

Imperial Rally (“Guided Imagery” Concept Phase / April 2013)

Yanick Dusseault

“I just took Olympic Third Reich photos, put them on my computer screen, modeled them in 3-D, and put in little TIE fighters instead of guys. And I switched the flag logo to the Empire logo.” —Yanick Dusseault

BB-8 Treads (Pre-production / August 2013)

Christian Alzmann

BB-8 Face (Pre-production / August 2013)

Christian Alzmann

“Alt Kira (Rey)” (“Guided Imagery” Concept Phase)

Iain McCaig

Kira (Rey) Bike (“Guided Imagery” Concept Phase / April 2013)

Yanick Dusseault and Iain McCaig

"Snow Crash 01" (Production / September 2014)

James Clyne

"Rey Emerges" (Post-Production November 2014 – January 2015)

Yanick Dusseault

The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is on sale today. To learn more, click here.

Abrams Books

The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Phil Szostak © Abrams Books, 2015

(C) 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd. And TM. All Rights Reserved. Used Under Authorization

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