Star Wars stamps celebrate involvement of Pinewood
New collection from Royal Mail precedes release of new movie
ROYAL Mail is to publish a set of 18 special stamps to celebrate the Star Wars series of films and mark the release of the forthcoming episode, Star Wars: The Force Awakens .
The stamps, which will be issued on October 20, also commemorate the British expertise behind the hugely successful films including Pinewood Studios, where much of the filming for the much-anticipated latest instalment has taken place.
The stamps, illustrated by British artist Malcolm Tween, depict nine iconic characters from the first six films and three from the forthcoming film – Rey, Finn and Kylo Re.
Incorporated onto each stamp is a secondary scene or character including new droid BB-8, illustrated by Tween especially for the stamps.
Also being issued on October 20 will be a miniature sheet of six stamps featuring intricately detailed illustrations of six iconic Star Wars vehicles, brought together against a backdrop of the dreaded Death Star.
The Star Wars series began in 1977. So far, there have been two trilogies of movies that have included major British involvement.
December 17, 2015 sees the UK theatrical release of the latest instalment in the Star Wars saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which has been filmed at Pinewood Studios using British expertise in cast and crew. The two further episodes in this trilogy will also be filmed in the UK.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will reunite the three principal actors from the original trilogy, as well as the robots R2-D2 and C-3PO. New characters Rey and Finn will be played by British actors Daisy Ridley and John Boyega respectively, with additional British cast members including Gwendoline Christie and Andy Serkis.
Disney’s decision to base production in the UK is a major contributor to the British film industry. Not only is it providing employment and exposure for British acting talent, it also employs the British technical expertise in set design, cinematography, and costume design at Pinewood Studios.
In the field of digital special effects, London is already a world centre and the effects for the new Star Wars film have been created by the London office of Industrial Light & Magic (Lucasfilm’s special effects company).
The UK is the third largest market in the world for the Star Wars films, and the new stamps will reflect the passion of the British public for the movies and celebrate the major British contribution to the film series.
Fans can pre-order the stamps and view the product range at www.royalmail.com/ starwars. The stamps will be on sale from October 20 from 8,000 Post Office branches across the UK and online.