Right after Disney and Lucasfilm dropped the third trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens during Monday Night Football, J.J. Abrams said that would be the last trailer, and while there would be commercials leading up to the opening on December 18, that likely was all that we would see of the upcoming sequel. Apparently, Abrams forgot about this amazing international trailer, which has a TON of new footage. Watch it now:
It’s surprising how much more footage the marketing team fits into this longer Star Wars: The Force Awakens reel, focusing on everything to more BB-8 and Chewbacca (that explosives-launching Wookie) to the emphasis on Rey (Daisy Ridley) and the difficult journey we expect her to endure. There’s more of the conversation that she is having with a mysterious female figure, the same convo that launched the third trailer that we saw. And it leads to this bit of dialogue that ends the trailer, which opens up a whole new box of Star Wars riddles.
Hope is not lost today. It is found.
Of course, I’m completely mixed on this. After watching the third "official" trailer, I’d become convinced that Disney and Lucasfilm showed us EXACTLY enough to get us very excited for The Force Awakens without revealing anything. And while this new teaser still doesn’t spoil as much, and leaves a lot of mysteries yet to be unearthed, I don’t like seeing some of the imagery that’s being rolled out. The shot of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) standing over Rey (Ridley) with his lightsaber pointed at her face seems like an image I would have preferred to see in the theater, on the big screen, for the first time. I know. My own fault. But Star Wars is one of those rare movies that absolutely can go into radio silence from now until Opening Day and it’s still going to sell out theaters for days (maybe weeks). Hiding footage at this point isn’t a disservice for fans. You’d be protecting ourselves from the worst enemy… ourselves.
Can you stay away from the footage? You are so close to the opening! Or, are you one of the fans who wants to analyze every frame made available between now and opening day. That’s fine, too. If you are, we have you covered. Here’s that official U.S. trailer, in glorious HD. See how it differs from the Asian clip that just landed.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18. As if you needed to be told.