'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Empire Cover Spotlights The Dark Side, And The Light [UPDATED]

The Dark Side takes the spotlight on the latest cover of Empire magazine, as revealed today. Click through to get a new look at Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), and their faithful army of Stormtroopers.

Update: Empire has just revealed its other Star Wars: The Force Awakens cover, this one featuring heroes Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), and BB-8. See it after the jump.Empire Magazine, of course, shared the Star Wars The Force Awakens Empire cover image.

Interestingly, these Stormtroopers seem to feature the Imperial design from the original trilogy, not the First Order design from The Force Awakens. This is a promotional image and not a still, so we could just chalk it up to the magazine playing around with the look of the franchise. Or does it hint at some more significant connection between the Empire and the First Order?

The other Star Wars The Force Awakens Empire cover — presumably featuring the film's heroes — will be revealed in the next few days. The issue hits newsstands August 27 in the U.K. Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens December 18, 2015.

Update: And the second Star Wars The Force Awakens Empire cover is here! See it below.