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Bob Iger’s Head Adorns New Millennium Falcon Image

Cover of the January issue of Fortune magazine features the first close-up image of the new Millennium Falcon from J.J. Abrams’ ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’

Not even Bob Iger can upstage the Millennium Falcon. The Disney CEO graces the cover of the new January issue of Fortune, but Star Wars fans will be more intrigued by what's pictured behind him: the first close-up image of the new Millennium Falcon from the upcoming J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars film, The Force Awakens.

Fans got a brief glimpse of the updated spacecraft in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer that debuted last month, along with a look at part of the exterior in a video from Abrams' Bad Robot Productions posted online in September. But the Fortune profile, “Disney CEO Bob Iger's empire of tech,” billed as an “inside look at the innovative technologies used across Disney’s diverse businesses and brands,” provides the first up-close look at the new Falcon, also known as the “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.”

Industrial Light & Magic worked with Fortune to create both the cover and the story’s opening photo, which shows Iger leaning against the iconic spacecraft.

Photograph of Bob Iger, CEO of Disney taken for Fortune in NY. Scene with Millennium Falcon in Pinewoods Studio, Buckinghamshire, England, is a composite image created by Industrial Light & Magic for Fortune. Photograph by Wesley Mann for Fortune. Composite scene created by Industrial Light & Magic for Fortune.

For the cover, art director Yannick Dusseault and his team at ILM provided six different options showing various views of the Falcon. The resulting image was created from custom wireframe and texture renders, which were combined in Photoshop to create the final image.

Check out the full cover photo below:

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.