British Star Wars fans covet Vanity Fair magazine featuring Carrie Fisher

But fans are celebrating all month long, with the 40th Anniversary of the mega-franchise happening this Thursday. So, Vanity Fair has released a set of four covers shot by photographer Annie Leibovitz for the special date.

The last cover shows a somber Fisher, photographed before her death in December. Perhaps she will be fully unveiled in this latest edition.

Leia (Carrie Fisher), the Princess, Rebel, and General. And hey, because we live in a world with annual Star Wars movies, the next chapter in the saga is coming out in December.

Directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now slated to reach both U.S. and United Kingdom cinemas on 15 December 2017.

On the Dark side of the Force is Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), and General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson), each looking grim as ever. Vanity Fair teases that there are a few hints eagle eyed viewers can find about Finn's Last Jedi storyline in the picture. Since then, Leibovitz has taken portraits of Star Wars actors for every movie since then, including "The Force Awakens".

If anything, the characters impress in their finest attire.

Demi's August 1991 cover has spurred plenty of copycats over the years, and remains one of the most iconic cover shots of all-time. That's Rose Tico, played by Kelly Marie Tran.

Also pictured is lovable droid BB8, who we'd quite happily see get his own separate photo-shoot closer to the film's release.

The other three covers include fully-costumed cast members Adam Driver, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill, all taken during an exclusive photoshoot by Annie Leibovitz.

Up next is the plucky Resistance, featuring Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron, Kelly Marie Tran's Rose Tico (a Resistance maintenance worker and the new character with the most screen time in the film, the profile notes), BB-8, and a very not comatose Finn (John Boyega).

  • Salvatore Jensen