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The July edition of Empire magazine takes a good look at the heroes of cinema, and this cover by the ever-awesome Paul Shipper gives us a closer look at those heroes including some familiar faces from the world of Lucasfilm.

As long there’s been cinema, there have been movie heroes – characters that have inspired and astonished with their words, deeds, and bravery in the face of evil or injustice. This month’s issue of Empire is all about the greatest ever heroes in film – as voted for by you, our readers. We tallied up your choices of the movie characters that have personally inspired you – from Batman to Bourne, Ripley to Rey, Atticus Finch to Axel Foley – for a celebration of the 50 Greatest Movie Heroes.

Inside the issue, you’ll find exclusive interviews with the directors, writers and stars behind these filmic icons – including Sigourney Weaver on the journey of Ellen Ripley across the Alien Quadrilogy, Sean Astin on the fearless friendship of Samwise Gamgee, Carrie-Anne Moss on slow-mo saviour Trinity in The Matrix, Keanu Reeves and Chad Stahelski on the birth of Baba Yaga in John Wick, the one and only Michael J. Fox talking the magnificent Marty McFly, and much, much more.

This month’s newsstand cover – on sale Thursday 11 June – was illustrated exclusively for Empire by Paul Shipper, bringing together the likes of Black Panther, Ripley, The Bride, Blade, Bond and more.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Reaves, Michael, Bohnhoff, Maya Kaathryn (2013) Paperback
  • Bohnhoff, Maya Kaathryn (Author)
  • 03/07/2013 (Publication Date) - Arrow (Publisher)