Finally, after being jerked around by fake teasers and a weird attempt at rolling out the trailer in select theaters, Disney has finally released the first glimpse at the next Star Wars film online. Little is still known plot wise beyond the fact that it will take place 30 years after Return of the Jedi, but the film will be directed/co-written by J.J. Abrams, co-written by Lawrence Kasdan and star franchise newcomers John Boyega, Diane Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Issac, Andy Serkis, Domnhall Gleeson & Max Von Sydow as well as old favorites Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels & Kenny Baker. The teaser follows below;
As I said, there’s still little we know at this point and the trailer doesn’t give us too much, choosing to back seat plot details for a simple yet ominous Max Von Sydow narration (which, for the record, is pretty damn chilling) and more familiar bits of Star Wars iconography with technological updates; someone stuck in a Stormtrooper outfit, a sand-speeder like vehicle zooming along the sandy dunes of Tatooine, a disassembled droid fleeing for it’s life, a fleet of X-Wings descending for attack, a dark cloaked figure brandishing a red lightsaber and of course, the Millennium Falcon herself fighting against a couple of TIE fighters. For a franchise that has lied dormant for nearly a decade, this is sort of what I expected out of the initial teaser trailer and I thought it did it’s job of teasing and building even more anticipation quite well. Plus, even as someone who’s been jaded by the Star Wars prequels, I couldn’t help but have a sense of childhood glee seeing that big ol’ Falcon swoop into action again to the classic John Williams theme. But, I’ll have to wait to see her full glory along with everyone else on Earth when Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens opens in theaters December 18, 2015.
But what did you all think of the teaser? Was it deserving of a Yavin medal of Bravery or should it be thrown into the Sarlaac for thousands of years of digestion? In the comments, post your thought you should.