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New ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Poster Might Be a Fake

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This article has been updated.

On Wednesday, Mark Hamill has said that the “leaked” Star Wars: Episode IX poster that was circulated on the internet, is likely fake. Or, in his words, the art is the work of a UPA, or “Ultra Passionate Fan.” Many of us were fooled, but the Jedi master has spoken.

On Wednesday, the Star Wars fan-run site Making Star Wars posted leaked art for what they were calling a “retail” poster for Star Wars: Episode IX.  This image does not contain the long-awaited title for that movie but also notably omits any depiction of the Skywalker twins — Leia Oranga and Luke Skywalker. Was this legit? We thought so, but Mark Hamill says, no.

Still, though this leak looked kind of legit, it could still prove to be a promotional collage created for anything from a toy package to a cereal box. The point is, we’re not sure what this image is intended for or if it’s fan-created But there are several things about it that are odd or interesting about it.

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  • Kylo Ren is wearing his helmet, which, we saw him break into a million little pieces during a hissy fit in The Last Jedi. Other leaked images suggest the helmet is back, so that part isn’t necessarily fake.
  • Rey’s lightsaber seems to be in one piece. (It was destroyed in The Last Jedi. That should have been a tip-off)
  • On the upper right, we can see Naomi Ackie as “Jannah.” (She’s rumored to be Lando’s daughter. This seems real)
  • The masked character behind Poe Dameron on the right is thought to be “Zorri.” This is probably who Kerri Russell is playing in the movie! This also seems real.
  • The Knights of Ren are back, and seemingly, not in a flashback. No idea if this is legit.
  • C-3PO is holding a weapon, that looks almost exactly like Chewbacca’s famous bowcaster. This, above all things, is what Mark Hamill is pointing to as proof this is a fake.
  • New all-red Stormtroopers are revealed. The rumor here is they only report to Kylo Ren.
  • The title is not revealed.
  • And finally…Rose, Luke, Leia, and R2-D2 are all missing from the poster.

Jason Ward, who runs Making Star Wars has theorized, that this leaked art isn’t final. His theory — which makes sense — is this is an early concept piece which might not reflect what is actually happening in the movie. Unless Hamill is right, and the whole thing is fake.

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Right now, the first trailer and title-reveal for Star Wars: Episode IX are both expected in a few weeks at Star Wars Celebration, a convention that takes place from April 11- April 15 in Chicago. Back in 2017, the title for The Last Jedi dropped before the first trailer, but the trailer itself did debut at Star Wars Celebration.

Star Wars: Episode IX is out everywhere on December 20, 2019.