Bucking (for the most part at least), the current trend for the big releases swamping us with TV spots, teasers-for-teasers-for-trailers, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has largely relied on a restrained series of promotional events and a couple of main trailers. Now here comes the third full batch of footage, and if the trend keeps up, this could be the final trailer. You’ve waited this long, so enjoy…
Yes, as foretold by Sunday’s poster – which is still generating plenty of comment for its specific lack of one Luke Skywalker – the new promo arrives with plenty of new footage.
Though this is partly the trailer intended for more general audiences (originally broadcast during Monday Night Football across the pond), there’s plenty for dedicated Wars fans to enjoy, and still doesn’t exactly spell out the plot. Anchored by the idea that the adventures of Luke, Leia, Han and the rest are now treated almost more as stories than reality (it is a big galaxy far, far away, after all), the past comes rushing back with a vengeance thanks to the machinations of Imperial followers (fanatics?) The First Order. “I will finish,” says Kylo Ren menacingly while staring at Darth Vader’s twisted, scorched helmet, “What you started…” Cue lots of shots of X-Wings, TIE Fighters, storm troopers and more, all that you could wish for from Star Wars.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which features the new franchise faces Ridley, John Boyega, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Gwendoline Christie and Adam Driver joining the veteran likes of Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford Peter Mayhew and Anthony Daniels, will arrive in the UK on December 17, ahead of its December 18 launch in the US. For everything we know about the film so far, point your targeting computer this a-way.