Let’s be honest here: how cool does that new lightsaber look?
If you were online at any point yesterday, chances are you saw the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (is it even going to have an Episode VII subtitle?). It is playing in a handful of theatres across the United States and two in Canada this weekend only, and then apparently being released again later in December — likely with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
But if you somehow missed it, I have attached it under the jump.
This is a genuine tease, and I loved every second of it. I have to say, I jumped back a little when the new John Williams music swelled and John Boyega popped up out of frame, and if you’re as clueless as I was — that is Oscar Isaac piloting the X-Wing. The new Stormtrooper helmets look intriguing, and it appears that we’re going to get at least one awesome new locale for a lightsaber fight scene. Will it beat the Duel of the Fates? Not likely. But I am curious about the smaller lights on the hilt of the new blade, and what purpose they serve. They look more dangerous than anything, especially with their proximity to the new villain’s wrist.
And of course, there’s the grand return of the Millennium Falcon.
Surprisingly, there were no shots of the returning cast members — just new members and Andy Serkis’ voice. And we do not even know who the new Sith is — although I would assume it’s Adam Driver. The person does look rather tall and imposing.
And good on Disney for continuing what they’re doing for Marvel and not attaching their logo in front of their films.
If you want a shot-by-shot and more thorough analysis, be sure to check out the absolutely impeccable Slashfilm who mentions a few extra things I didn’t.
December 18, 2015 cannot come soon enough. And while it might not take down The Avengers for top weekend (if only because the holidays will hold back a number of people from seeing it immediately), it has a ridiculously good shot at becoming the highest grossing film of all time. Unadjusted, obviously.