A series of gorgeous new covers have given Star Wars fans an official look at the various main characters of The Last Jedi. Most notably, we’re getting a peek at a few baddies without their helmets on and another shot of a newcomer to the Resistance.

The reveal comes via four exclusive Vanity Fair covers, which is pretty standard for Star Wars. Previous Vanity Fair covers revealed Force Awakens and The Phantom Menace characters.

The main cast is split into four groups: “The Force,” “The Dark Side,” “The Resistance,” and “The Legacy,” with that last cover being an emotinal solo portrait. The upcoming issue of Vanity Fair, which is due out May 24 on digital early access, is said to feature even more photos and interviews with the cast and crew behind the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi inside its pages. But, for now, here’s a look at the four covers and what they tell us about Episode VIII.


Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke (Mark Hamill) on Ahch-To.
Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke (Mark Hamill) on Ahch-To.

Rey and Luke stand on a cliff on the planet Ahch-To, presumably not far from where we left them at the end of The Force Awakens. Rey has her signature scavenger staff, and Luke is swathed in his robes. Rather than have his robotic hand completely exposed — like it was in the final moments of The Force Awakens — it is covered with a brown leather glove.

Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), and General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) are all leaders in the First Order.
Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), and General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) are all leaders in the First Order.

On the Dark side of the Force is Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), and General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson), each looking grim as ever. This is notably the first time we’ve seen Phasma without her helmet on, and she appears to be wielding the spear that had been talked about before.

Kylo Ren, also without his helmet, is sporting the very noticeable scar that Rey dealt him in The Force Awakens, along with a dapper new cape.

Last is General Hux, looking quite severe and stern, as always.

The Resistance includes Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega), and Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) with BB-8 (Bill Hader).
The Resistance includes Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega), and Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) with BB-8 (Bill Hader).

BB-8 just barely squeezes into the third cover, which is stacked with total bros Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Finn (John Boyega) along with newcomer Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran). She’s a Resistance maintenance worker that’s tasked with undertaking a special mission with Finn and Poe. While Rey is off training with Luke, it will be up to these three to handle whatever the Resistance needs in The Last Jedi. Thankfully, it looks like Finn will heal from his injuries facing Kylo Ren fairly quickly, or at least fast enough to still play a major role in the next film.

Leia (Carrie Fisher), the Princess, Rebel, and General.
Leia (Carrie Fisher), the Princess, Rebel, and General.

The fourth and final cover pays a fitting tribute to the late Carrie Fisher, who died in December 2016. Her role as Princess, Rebel, and General Leia Organa will always be central to the Star Wars franchise. Here, she’s wearing some sort of formal garb, perhaps what she’ll wear in attendance at Han Solo’s funeral, and looks absolutely regal.


Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15, 2017.

Photos via Annie Leibovitz / 'Vanity Fair' (1, 2)