Disney still hasn't made clear who's going to direct the next Star War, but they at least have a pretty good plan for who should paint all its promotional heads and spaceships.
Fanhattan reports that legendary pop art painter Drew Struzan has already been approached by the studio to do a poster or more for Star Wars: Episode VII, furthering a series he started with the first film and continued into multiple portraits of a brooding Hayden Christensen. Struzan--who also did posters for Back to the Future, Blade Runner, Indiana Jones, Hot Shots: Part Deux, and other classics--told the blog (via):
I got a couple calls already this week on Star Wars from Disney. Oh my god, I'm trying to be retired! You know, I spent 35 years painting Star Wars. [laughs] I painted Star Wars before most of you were born! But I guess there is always a chance. There's no intention. But I would love to have a day off every now and again, and I have to work a weekend and all through the night. If the opportunity arises, it will be a real temptation. But it's going to have to be a real temptation to get me away from my wife and my little grandkids and my family. Away from the green trees and the blue skies for a change instead of just locked in the studio. But, you know, never say never. All things are possible.
Should Struzan agree to to paint the poster, it will further not just his own tradition of Lucasfilms work but also the idea of starting a belated sequel with its poster design--a newly-founded concept recently introduced by Arnold Schwarzenegger.