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Word has been getting around that select groups of people have been shown the first footage from Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, particularly in the form of a new teaser trailer. From what we've heard, we're going to get brief glimpses of the main characters of the film, as well as a nice and thrilling shot of the Millenium Falcon coming right at you. Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, a new report has come in that literally grants us one of our wishes when it comes to this trailer: we're going to get to see the new villain.
If Latino Review is to be believed with their latest report, fans in the European screening of the new teaser have come back with remarks that the new villain looks like a cross between, "the red-colored Imperial Guards from Return of the Jedi and Darth Reven from Knights of the Old Republic." For reference, here's a shot of an Imperial Guard:
And here's a shot of Darth Reven:
Put them together, and what do you get? Something that we'll only see in the Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens trailer. When we'll get to see this trailer is still a mystery, but if a monetary wager was required, it'd be a good bet to say that Christmas looks like a good time to release a trailer to a film that'll be out in about a year's time. Which means that those of you who are dead set against seeing Into The Woods might have to suck it up and buy a ticket.
Of course, another interesting question that comes out of this rumored news is whether or not the robotic-looking hand that J.J. Abrams tweeted earlier this year belongs to the villain in question. The Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens trailer will probably end up causing us to ask more questions than it will answer, which is fine by us, as that will help kill time in between when the teaser drops and next year's release date.
Questions and answers aside, we're dangerously close to our first glimpse at a moment most Star Wars fans never thought would come. The prequels were always talked about by George Lucas, but the third trilogy that was part of Lucas' original plan was hardly ever alluded to and left to the various authors of the Expanded Universe to game out. While those stories are, for the most part, discarded, it's nice to know that some of the outside-of-canon influences are still welcome in the otherwise brave new world that J.J. Abrams and company are pioneering.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens rises bright and early on December 18, 2015.