Brilliant recreation of Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper using Star Wars characters. The personal project by London-based photographer Steve Brown pays tribute to the new film using members of the UK Garrison Star Wars costuming group and hired Steve Newman, a 3D artist, to build a digital replica of the throne room. In order to recreate the feel of the original painting, Steve paid close attention to poses and hand positions because Vader and the stormtroopers were wearing helmets and had no facial expressions.
The idea of recreating Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper using characters from Star Wars had been in my head for over a year before I was finally able to make it real. The painting is such an iconic and brilliantly composed imaged, and such a great way of showing a large group of people, that it has been used and parodied by many films, TV shows and other groups. But I had never seen it done in the way I wanted to present it, and the key for me was the relationship between Darth Vader and the Emperor. In The Last Supper, one of the apostles shown is Judas, who went on to betray Jesus. In Return of the Jedi Darth Vader finally betrays the Emperor, killing him. Recreating the painting with the Emperor in the role of Jesus and Vader as Judas meant that the photo worked not only visually, but conceptually as well, with some emotional drama as well as just a nice composition.