Movie summer is heading right our way, and with it pours the rain of trailers. So which one is it this time? Oh, just a sequel to a small film franchise that in 1977 gave birth to forgettable names like Han Solo, Jedi and Darth Vader.
Episode VII is right around the corner and from this new look at it, it seems to have preserved all the fun and timbre of the original trilogy. Offering us our first look at Kylo Ren that isn’t a 5-second stare at his rear, this trailer is narrated by Luke Skywalker, and tells of the passing of the torch from the old guard to the new. Affording more focus on the characters played by Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, this new film seems to be blurring the lines of black and white, of Stormtroopers and Jedi Knights, of Emperors and bounty hunters, as a battalion of Stormtroopers led by either Ren or a new level of Stormtrooper who bears an uncanny resemblance to Vader is taken on by another Stormtrooper (Boyega) and the rebels. We are also given a better tease at the action face of this new franchise, in the form of the mid-flight stunts of X-wing Fighters, one of which seats an over-excited Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac). And of course, just as the last one gave us a final tease of the Millenium Falcon, this one gives us the first image of its inhabitants as they are in the new film – the dastardly Han Solo and Chewie. While I do have concerns about the weary Harrison Ford reprising this iconic role, I cannot help be excited and overwhelmed by the trailer as a whole, which stays true to the franchise by using the original retouched score for the most part as well. Plus, for those disappointed with the newly designed low-vocabulary android from the first trailer, there’s good news – R2D2 is here.
Along with this, there has also been a flood of the first character-posters of Force Awakens released online:
Also, was it just me, or did anyone else notice how in the trailer Luke mentions ‘My father HAS it’ instead of the more appropriate past tense? Jitters all the way.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Andy Serkis, Domnhall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, and Gwendoline Christie.