Watch Behind The Scenes As Annie Leibovitz Helps Bring 'Star Wars' Back to Life for Vanity Fair

With May 4 behind us, it brings us one day closer to the release of the upcoming "Star Wars" sequels later this year. Whether you are a fan of the series or not, it's going to be one of the biggest releases in history. In preparation for the launch, Annie Leibovitz had the chance to fly out to the set to photograph some of the original cast as well as the new members joining the franchise for Vanity Fair. Here is a behind-the-scenes look.

"Star Wars" is said to be returning to the franchise’s roots with a commitment to more practical effects as used in the original films. This single fact is what keeps the first set of movies in the highest regard as a revolution in filmmaking, bringing special effects to the forefront. While bringing back some of the classic effects, the cast will also see some familiar characters such as Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), as well as a new comers Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy Ridley).

I mean, walking onto the Millennium Falcon set? To be on it, it’s insane. There were people who literally cried when they walked onto that set. It’s a strange thing, the effect it has.

— Kathleen Kennedy

Leibovitz had the chance to photograph the new comers as well as the older iconic actors on set this year for the Vanity Fair cover. Luckily we get a chance to see the magnificent photographer at work in this BTS video as she molds her surroundings and subjects to the perfect expressions and flawless poses capturing each characters attributes. Check it out below:

To get a more in-depth look at the photos from Vanity Fair’s June issue, it will be available as a digital edition on May 7 and on newsstands nationwide on May 12.

[via Vanity Fair]

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CHEWY be like, "Hows my Hairrrrrraaaaaaaaaaaaa"


LOL! First thing my eyes went to were Chewy's hair and eyeliner. Good stuff :)

which phase back do you think shes using on that hasselblad?


So Chewie comes out of the closet for the new flick?