The aesthetic of the Star Wars universe is a huge part of the series’ appeal, and here at AiPT! we’re always looking for clues within the concept art that might provide important story beats (such as Snoke being the first Jedi in the Star Wars: The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary). Christmas came a little early for us when we got our hands on the recently released The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a hardcover book that sees plenty of intriguing concept pieces inspiring what we saw on the big screen.
Some of the more striking pieces on first glance?
This look at the casino on Canto Bight, which features a few familiar alien races not seen in the final film cut, such as a Gamorrean, a Twi’lek, a Rodian and a Trandoshan (Bossk the bounty hunter’s reptilian race):
Proto-forms of everyone’s favorite new sympathy evoking critter, the porg:
Early designs of a sinister-looking BB-9E:
And a menacing, bald-headed Kylo Ren:
The official synopsis for The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi:
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, like every chapter before it, owes its visual language and fully imagined cinematic landscape to an incomparable art department: the Lucasfilm “visualists.” The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi explores their vision and illuminates their creative process in stunning detail. Featuring concept art, costume sketches, and storyboards, this book takes fans on a deep dive into the development of the fantastic worlds, characters, and creatures–both old and new–of The Last Jedi. Exclusive interviews with the filmmakers and with the Lucasfilm visualists provides a running commentary on this unforgettable art, and reveals the inspirations behind moviemaking magic at its finest.