Bright Suns: Inside The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Exclusive Preview

Get a first look at never-before-seen concept art from the making of the Star Wars-themed lands.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge brought the galaxy far, far away into our own. Now, a new book from Abrams will reveal how the Star Wars-themed lands at Disney Parks came to be.

The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge arrives April 27, and comes loaded with concept art and insights chronicling the ideation and design of its namesake.

“Bringing The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge together was such an undertaking from everyone involved,” author Amy Ratcliffe tells StarWars.com. “I conducted a ton of interviews with Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm geniuses, and I was continually grateful for how available everyone made themselves. And also I was super impressed with everyone’s long-term memory as we went back years and years to the beginning of ideas for what would become Galaxy’s Edge!”

For Scott Trowbridge, portfolio creative executive, Walt Disney Imagineering, The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is a chance to show fans the evolution of ideas and the work of many unsung heroes. “While guests and audiences always get to see the finished product, I’m excited to be able to share this rare glimpse into the creative process and to share how Imagineering develops a concept from the earliest brainstorms and sketches, to developing those into fully fleshed out and buildable designs,” he says. “I think that it might be surprising to learn that for every element that is eventually built, there may be dozens and dozens of explorations and options that led up to that final version.

The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge cover

The book collects art from the development of every aspect of the land, from eateries to attractions to the marketplace. Even Ratcliffe was surprised at what she found during her research.

“In flipping back through the notebook I used for interviews and research I revisited so many highlights,” she says. “I had an amazing time talking to so many people who are passionate about their work. In talking with Disney Parks’ senior costume designer Joe Kucharski, who helped design the cast members’ looks for Galaxy’s Edge, he told me a man wearing baggy cargo pants and styling his socks as leg warmers in the parking lot of a Trader Joe’s on a rainy day was the starting point for the gaiters many cast members wear. Inspiration is everywhere!”

“I’m particularly excited to share some of the very early notions and sketches from when we were exploring what a new Star Wars destination should feel like,” adds Trowbridge. “Creating a never-before-seen place that simultaneously felt like the perfect stepping off point for adventure, that felt authentically Star Wars, and, that we could actually build in THIS galaxy was a challenging exploration with a huge obligation to get it right.”

See below for a first look at just a few pieces of gorgeous art you’ll find in the book. Bright suns!

© GARRISON STUDY V02 “When I approached this, I thought the First Order area would be more aggressive, with spiky forms. This sketch looks almost like knife blades or something that seems a little unfriendly.” Tiemens

First Order base concept art by Erik Tiemens.

FIRST ORDER SHOP INTERIOR V01 E Gindraux, Lim

First Order shop interior concept art by Nick Gindraux and Ric Lim.

ALCATRAZ PAINT OVER V03 Chris Lee

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance interior concept art by Chris Lee.

STAR DESTROYER BRIDGE Lee, Mais

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Star Destroyer bridge concept art by Chris Lee and Christoper Mais.

FACADE ROCKWORK NOTES V02 Tiemens

Spaceport facade concept art by Erik Tiemens.

BLUE MILK CART SKETCHES 3 V02 Gindraux

Blue milk cart concept art by Nick Gindraux.

The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge arrives April 27 and is available for pre-order now.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is at Disneyland® Resort and Walt Disney World® Resort.

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Dan Brooks is a writer and the editor of StarWars.com. He loves Star Wars, ELO, and the New York Rangers, Jets, and Yankees. Follow him on Twitter @dan_brooks where he rants about all these things.

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