Why is the color red so prominent in the promotional materials for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"?

Even the title logo of the movie is in red. First look, posters everything is majorly red. Is there any particular reason for this?

  • 3
    because red == evil
    – DForck42
    Commented Dec 13, 2017 at 14:44
  • 1
    Watch the movie and find out.
    – user25738
    Commented Dec 13, 2017 at 19:28
  • 1
    According to this AVClub review, it might also be a Kurosawa hommage.
    – plannapus
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 15:44

2 Answers 2

  1. It's symbolic to a new location, a planet named Crait, featured in the film.

“It’s way out there. It’s very remote. It’s uncharted,” says Johnson. “It’s a mineral planet and so there are mines on it.” The director (previously best known for Brick and Looper) noted how there are some “beautiful design elements and I hope some really unique ones that we’re able to bring into it.” - Rian Johnson EW - April 2017

WARNING: Small Spoilers Ahead

Crait Battle

Crait was a small mineral planet located in a remote section of the galaxy. **Covered with a layer of white salt over its red-colored soil, the planet once hosted a Rebel Alliance outpost during their early rebellion against the tyrannical Galactic Empire. Many years later, the uninhabited planet became a haven for Leia Organa's Resistance, which resulted in a battle between the Resistance and the First Order on the planet surface. http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Crait**

  1. The Color(s) *may tie back to other Star Wars Saga films.

The idea that surface is "white" and TLJ is the second film in a new trilogy might suggest some parallels or homage with/to Empire Strikes Back and Hoth, despite that it also is in some ways very different to previous Star Wars Saga Films.


The other (red) may have to do with Revenge of the Sith. Revenge of the Sith features an epic battle between Obi-Wan Kenobi and his former apprentice Anakin Skywalker now turned Darth Vader on the lava planet Mustafar. The first teaser poster released seems to convey a callback to this idea with similar aesthetics & with split face between teacher/Uncle (Older) Luke and Kylo Ren with Rey holding up a blue lightsaber. Many speculate the relationship between these three characters could be a juxtaposing of what Revenge of the Sith basically accumulates to, which, philosophically speaking, is how and why Anakin finally falls to the Dark Side. The Prequels, through Anakin's tragedy, purpose the idea that the viewpoint and expectations of the Jedi [in this era] should be questioned and/or realized to be nearly impossible to live up to.


Red has always been the color of the dark side.

See color of the laser swords, decorations, wardrobe, ...

Use of the color for Crait in my opinion is not so much about the planet, but more about the meaning of the act.

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