Annie Leibovitz took a great shot of Han Solo and Chewbacca for the cover of 'Vanity Fair'

An Annie Leibovitz-shot “Star Wars” cover is a tradition for “Vanity Fair” almost as old as The Emperor himself.

It’s still exciting as ever though, especially when this one reunites Harrison Ford and his patented wry smile with Peter Mayhew, a couple otherwise known as Han and Chewie.

Picture: Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair

Of all the wow moments in the most recent trailer for JJ Abrams’ “The Force Awakens”, due out December 18, it was the final shot of the couple which left diehard fans feeling this could be the sequel they’ve been waiting for since “The Empire Strikes Back”.

‘Chewie, we’re home.’ Picture: Disney

The cover also features Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega). Peeking over their shoulders is BB-8, the spinning droid who’s rapidly becoming the film’s overworked mascot in much the same manner as the unnecessary Ewoks from “Return of the Jedi”.

It’s the third time Leibovitz has shot the cast of “Star Wars” for “Vanity Fair”.

Here’s the February 1999 edition released just three months before the first instalment of George Lucas’ second trilogy, “The Phantom Menace”, hit cinemas.

Picture: Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair

And three months before the third episode in that second trilogy, “Revenge of the Sith”, was released, Leibovitz shot a four-page special for a collector’s edition.

Picture: Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair has more “Stars Wars” behind-the-scenes shots and video in the issue which hits newsstands today and online at

You’ll find a couple of great moments, including Abrams admitting he wanted the bones of Jar Jar Binks to appear in a desert scene.

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