It goes without saying that a movie as visual and complex as Star Wars: The Force Awakens required a ton of conceptual art long before a single frame was filmed.

When the movie comes to theaters on December 18, 2015, Abrams Books will publish The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This lush hardcover coffee table book boasts 256 pages filled with 600 full-color pieces of pre-production art. You'll see images of characters like Finn, Rey, Kylo Ren and BB-8, along with new locations, creatures, vehicles, weapons and more.

Written by Phil Szostak, The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens also contains images from production and post-production visual effects work. Arranged in chronological order, you'll be able to see how the conceptual ideas behind the film evolved as the production unfolded — including ideas that went unused. Szostak also includes exclusive interviews with the entire creative team behind the movie.

The cover art was painted by none other than Doug Chiang, legendary concept artist for Star Wars, as well as films like Terminator 2: Judgment Day, War of the Worlds, Forest Gump and many more.

Incidentally, Abrams Books' website also reveals that another massive tome about the movie is scheduled for March 15, 2016. That book is The Making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, by Mark Cotta Vaz.

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