Updated With New Cover! Empire Magazine Reveals Holographic The Last Jedi Cover!

Happy Force Friday everyone! Empire Magazine has revealed their special holographic cover for their feature on The Last Jedi. The issue will arrive to subscribers in the next few days, and available in stores on September 7th.



September 1, 2017


Before we get into the minor details revealed, if you are not an Empire subscriber fear not, as the issue made available to the public will also have the holographic cover. The issue will have an eight page spread covering The Last Jedi, giving us another taste of what to expect in three months when the film opens in theaters.


To get an idea of what type of information we can expect to find in this issue, let’s take a look back at our piece from 2015 on Empire’s coverage of The Force Awakens. In that issue on The Force Awakens, we learned:

  • JJ Abrams’ inspiration for The Force Awakens
  • Andy Serkis’s take on who/what Snoke is
  • What a ‘Force Back’ is
  • Abrams’ approach to creating the lightsaber fights
  • Mark Hamill’s take on Luke now
  • Adam Driver, Harrison Ford, and Peter Mayhew’s experiences with the film


We expect a similar slate of information in this upcoming issue applied to The Last Jedi, and we’ll find out in a few short days!


Here is the Tweet Empire just put out revealing the cover.




Source: Empire‘s cover reveal story here.


What do you think we’ll find out in this eight page spread on The Last Jedi? We are just a little over 100 days until the film is released, and we are certain that any new tidbits we find out will only ramp up our anticipation to see it!



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September 4, 2017


Mark Hamill himself revealed a second alternative cover of the upcoming Empire Magazine issue dedicated to The Last Jedi, due to release on Thursday. As with the subscriber cover, this one is also holographic.



Of course, if you want to remain completely unspoiled, you should avoid this issue, as Mark suggested. 🙂



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John Hoey is the Lead Editor and Senior Writer for Star Wars News Net and the host of The Resistance Broadcast podcast

"For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is."

John Hoey

John Hoey is the Lead Editor and Senior Writer for Star Wars News Net and the host of The Resistance Broadcast podcast"For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is."

69 thoughts on “Updated With New Cover! Empire Magazine Reveals Holographic The Last Jedi Cover!

  • September 1, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Lukes hand looks awesome

    • September 1, 2017 at 10:10 pm

      I agree, it does… I wonder if that was the main reason for taking the skin off?

      • September 1, 2017 at 10:13 pm

        It was shot with a blaster in ROTJ on Jabba’s barge so probably pretty mangled, I imagine it went through more wear over the years and he didn’t bother getting another one.

        • September 1, 2017 at 10:30 pm

          So you think it’s the same robotic hand as the original he got in ESB?

          • September 1, 2017 at 10:41 pm

            haven’t really thought about it much, could be.

          • September 1, 2017 at 11:18 pm

            30 year’s later?
            Nah he’d have got an upgrade in that time, his original would have been well out of warranty.
            As for finding spare parts ….

  • September 1, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    “JJ’s inspiration for TFA”, umm, A New Hope, maybe…

    • September 1, 2017 at 9:17 pm

      Na, c’mon that would be too much…..doing the same stuff ??…nah

    • September 1, 2017 at 11:34 pm

      JJ Abrams and inspiration is like someone taking a big mac adding an extra leaf of lettuce and cheese and slapping it together. For every “new” thing he added; it was pretty much a lesser take of the original. Even if that sandwich had some decent sauce.

      This being the talented actors and the good final sequence. 🙂

  • September 1, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Damn..just peeled the skin right off huh? Lol

    • September 1, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      Had to feed the porgs.

  • September 1, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Come with me if you want to live…….ah shit wrong film.

    • September 1, 2017 at 11:32 pm

      I just saw T2 in 3D and it very much held up.

      • September 1, 2017 at 11:41 pm

        T1 & T2 are some of my favourite films, such as pity the way the franchise went.

        • September 2, 2017 at 12:08 am

          T1 I find is criminally underrated. I think T2 is a better movie, but T1 should be examined for how masterful Cameron was with such limited resources. And why his films, like Aliens, are so good as well. But yeah; the franchise as far as I am concern ended with T2 and the Sara Connor Chronicles.

          • September 2, 2017 at 12:27 am

            James Cameron must be one of the most consistent full-length movie directors. Has so far only directed 8, only 1 of which has been poor (Piranha 2). 3 have been exceptional (T1, T2, and Aliens), 2 have won Oscars for best director and picture (Titanic and Avatar). I always felt The Abyss was his most underrated movie.

          • September 2, 2017 at 1:39 am

            The Abyss is often overlooked. Some great performances in there as well.

  • September 1, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    that cover would look even better with a trailer attached to it. please.

    • September 2, 2017 at 2:33 am

      Interesting comparison.

  • September 1, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    They’ll take your arm clean off.

    • September 5, 2017 at 4:29 am

      ’tis but a flesh wound.

  • September 2, 2017 at 1:25 am

    JJ Abrams inspiration for The Force Awakens … we all know that

  • September 2, 2017 at 1:34 am

    There is no real art magazine covers anymore. I will always love more an illustration than this. Not really inspiring.

    • September 2, 2017 at 5:37 am

      Yup, I’m gonna have to add that to my Pop collection.

  • September 2, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    There are a only few ways for this trilogy to end that would be dramatically satisfying.

    1. Rey falls to the dark side. Kills Kylo Ren. Takes his place and Luke and Finn have take down Rey and Snoke.

    2. Rey falls to the dark side but Kylo Ren survives and goes back to the light and becomes Ben Solo again and fights with Luke and Finn to take down Rey and snoke .

    3. The Wild Card, Finn turns to the darkside somehow and Kylo Ren turns back to the light and Ben Solo, Rey and Luke have to take down Finn and Snoke.

    Rey staying good throughout the trilogy will be boring, and probably will be the easy way to go. Let’s say Kylo leaves Snoke in 8. Well in nine Snoke will have to have another apprentice/enforcer with force powers. It’s not going to be Luke, Ben Solo, and Rey against Snoke. Also they painted themselves in a corner with Rey and Kylo. Rey beat Kylo in 7. So Kylo beats her in 8. And then they fight again in 9. C’mon. That’s kind of boring. The first trilogy is kind of great because Luke get’s his ass handed to him in five. Then beats Vader in Six by tapping into the dark side, but then refuses to go full on dark by killing his father and then gets his ass kicked by the Emperor and Force Lighting until Vader steps in.

    Luke’s hero’s journey is far superior to Rey’s. Actually out of all the main character’s Finn looks to have the greatest hero’s journey in this trilogy. From being a scared stormtrooper on the run to facing a skilled Dark Side Force user to whatever he does in 8 and 9. Let’s be real the only reason people are interested in Rey is because people want to know who are parents are. You take that away and she is a pretty flat character. Unless they make her go dark and make her into the first female dark side user in Star Wars film history.

    • September 2, 2017 at 11:11 pm

      This is one of those “I can’t imagine anything better than this, so no one else can, either.”

      Lol, Lucasfilm and Disney killed everyone in Rogue One. Balls aplenty.

      • September 3, 2017 at 12:17 pm

        I’m not saying they can’t imagine anything better, I’m saying the way they set up Rey is flawed dramatically. Anything with Rey not turning dark would be booooring in terms of character and drama. I mean it would still be entertaining to watch like an Avengers movie but it wouldn’t equal the original trilogy. Rey, in terms of the Force went through Luke’s entire arc in one movie. lol.

        Rogue one, was that ballsy though. It was a one off. Plus it was expected that most of them died since those characters were not in the Original Trilogy. I guess you could have Jynn Erso survive with Caspian and they slipped away to live out the rest of the years on a far off planet but that would have been lame.

        • September 3, 2017 at 4:12 pm

          “Anything with Rey not turning dark would be booooring in terms of character and drama.”


          • September 4, 2017 at 9:35 pm

            To me it would be because as of now she is a one dimensional character. If she stays good she’s just the female Harry Potter, but hey Harry Potter made a lot of money so I could definitely see Disney going that way with Rey and make two more trilogies of her being good and beating whatever new dark side baddies they come up with, and people eating every bit of it up like Harry Potter and when you look back on the movies just like the Harry Potter movies you realize they weren’t really all that good because there weren’t any real characters and there weren’t any real stakes.

          • September 5, 2017 at 1:56 am

            So once heroes achieve any sort of power they become one-dimensional, and the only conceivable way to make their stories interesting is to turn them evil?

            You must be dreading the appearance of Luke Skywalker in this film.

          • September 5, 2017 at 2:47 pm

            One dimensional? A character doesn’t need to be evil to be multi-dimensional.

        • September 4, 2017 at 11:04 pm

          I’m confused.
          On one hand you say Rey staying good would be “boring,” but on the other hand, you praise the OT for good guy Luke for resisting his temptation and staying good.

        • September 5, 2017 at 4:11 pm

          You must not like Luke based on your logic….. Since Luke has not been turning dark so he must be so boooooooring in terms of character and drama. I guess there’s nothing for you in TLJ. Oh well Star wars will have one less viewer but it’s ok we will make it up ;p

    • September 4, 2017 at 5:43 am

      Really you’re just saying you want Rey to go to the Dark because it seems different. It’s like a plot twist just for the sake of a plot twist.

      • September 4, 2017 at 9:29 pm

        No, because I think it would be best for the story, and yes it would be different. Most of the great cinematic villains in history are male. It would be great if Star Wars tried to create the first Iconic female villain in a franchise. Also, if I wanted to see a person living on a desert planet become a Jedi and the new hope of a rebel force to defeat the Dark Side I will watch the original trilogy.

        • September 4, 2017 at 9:33 pm

          You’re just repeating yourself though.You really haven’t explained why it’s a better dramatic narrative.

          • September 5, 2017 at 4:41 am

            By your logic then Darth Vader being Luke’s Dad was a plot twist for plot twist sake and wasn’t dramatic at all.

            In my view of drama Darth Vader being Luke’s father and then killing his own Master for his son is more dramatic than what Lucas originally planned with Darth Vader just being a bad guy that killed Luke’s father and Luke would get his revenge against him. From what your saying you would of liked Lucas’ original plan of Darth Vader just being a bad guy that killed Luke’s father.

            I’m going to REPEAT myself here, but there is no drama in Rey’s story. The most dramatic question in Rey’s story is who is she and who are her parents. That is bad for a character. That has nothing to do with her actions. Actually all we know about Rey is that she wanted to stay on Jakku to wait for her parents. Even what she wants is not active. She wants to stay on a planet and sit. lol. She’s just a weak main character. Even when we find out who her parents are and who left her on Jakku, the questions then go to why did those characters decide to do that to Rey when she was a kid. Still nothing to do with Rey’s actions. Rey is a weak dramatic character because she has no agency and all the questions that we have about her have to do with other characters agency, and not her’s. So her deciding to go dark would give her character some kind of agency.

            The two most interesting characters in terms of drama are Luke and Kylo. The questions we have about them come from their characters actions. Why did Kylo betray Luke? Why did Luke give up after he lost his new Jedi Academy? What was Luke teaching his new Jedi? Did Kylo disagree with Luke’s teachings?

            Maybe Rian will some how undo all the bad character work JJ and Kasdan did for Rey on the quick rewrite they did for the Force Awakens. Rian is a favorite writer/director of mine so if anyone can do it he can, but he has to basically ignore 75% of what was done to set up Rey in the Force Awakens.

          • September 5, 2017 at 5:03 am

            Vader being Luke’s father fundamentally changed the nature of the conflict between the protagonist and antagonist. You’re still not providing an explanation of how Rey going to the Dark Side makes for better drama. Lucas’ original plans that never made it onscreen are completely irrelevant. The problem with people like you is that you’re not willing to see how the story plays out. You’ve literally said the trilogy will be no good unless it conforms to what you want. While you’re entitled to want what you want, you have to realize that Disney didn’t invest 4 billion dollars to make YOU happy.

            Also, just consider some basic grammar lessons.

        • September 4, 2017 at 11:01 pm


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      • September 4, 2017 at 11:00 pm

        Agree 100%

    • September 4, 2017 at 10:57 pm


      4. Rey and Kylo Ren converge together in some middle-ground between the light and the dark side.

      • September 5, 2017 at 4:18 am

        Re: “middle-ground” – Kylo

        Walking back that whole, I murdered my father in cold blood for power, to some *middle* ground…. sounds like a narrative challenge.

        • September 5, 2017 at 6:06 pm

          I think it stands as a story possibility, but I feel the chances of Lucasfilm going there are quite slim. Perhaps Episode IX will be bolder than we are all expecting it to be.

    • September 4, 2017 at 11:00 pm

      Or Rey stays good and becomes one of the few female characters to make it through her story alive.

    • September 4, 2017 at 11:15 pm

      I always thought that rey should killed kylo ren at the end of TFA
      she was ultra vulnerable to the dark side without any teaching then the planet was about to collapse and she must flee with hux who was there to rescue kylo ren, and the off course she is taken to snoke

    • September 4, 2017 at 11:38 pm

      Finn is not and will not be force-sensitive in any of the movies, so he’s not relevant to the Luke-Rey-Ben/Kylo arc. Actually, I don’t see Finn’s purpose anymore in the trilogy other than filler action scenes and covert missions that any other generic Resistance fighter could take. It is too bad that Finn could have been special, but JJ and RJ chose to turn him into an average Joe instead.

      • September 5, 2017 at 12:15 am

        I disagree finn is my favorite thing about the force awakens

      • September 5, 2017 at 12:39 am

        Totally – Finn could of been something great after his awakening from First Order brainwashing, instead he became more a comedy act.

    • September 5, 2017 at 1:36 am

      How about this scenario, Kylo turns back to the light and joins with Rey only try and rescue his former master (Luke) who has NOW turned to the dark side. Only together can they bring him back.

    • September 5, 2017 at 2:30 am

      kylo goes light, dark, then white and beige. Rey gets dark, light, dark again and finally light, Luke goes dark then light, then dark and light

      • September 5, 2017 at 7:18 pm

        Luke turns into a zebra crossing*

        *For those outside the UK, it’s what we call the stripes on the road where pedestrians can cross.

    • September 5, 2017 at 6:44 am

      “Luke and Finn have take down Rey and Snoke”

      Lol is Finn going to kill Snoke with bad over-acting.

    • September 5, 2017 at 12:29 am

      That was a good piece of advice ^^

  • September 5, 2017 at 12:02 am

    Can we have another trailer now please?

  • September 5, 2017 at 3:33 am

    Is Luke just clenching his fist, or was his saber digitally removed for the cover? I find it odd that in most pics, he’s just clenching his fists…

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