Three simple words that have been quoted to death now after yesterdays reveal of the second teaser trailer for the upcoming The Force Awakens episode of Star Wars after it was played to those in attendance at the Star Wars Celebration panel and then placed online for the masses.
While not giving much away in terms of an overall plot, the teaser does stretch out more imagery from the opening shot of the Star Destroyer in the background, with an X-Wing near the foreground in a desert planet, which like many, I thought to be Tatooine but J.J Abrams revealed at the panel that it’s on a planet known as Jakku.
This time in the teaser, it’s Luke Skywalker taking on the narration (with throwback dialogue from Return of the Jedi), whilst we get an image of Darth Vader’s famous mask and what remains of his bones. This is then followed by shots of the new characters Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac).
On the Empire front we get a front shot of the villain this time, now known as Kylo Ren aka the man with the cross-shaped lightsaber and many still believe that it’ll be Adam Driver in that role, yet still not confirmed. Also there’s a shot of the new look Stormtroopers on an ice planet and a shot of a Chrometrooper.
After another shot of a chase scene (same sequence as to the end of the first teaser possibly?) of the Millenium Falcon and a Tie Fighter in pursuit, which in turn cuts to the final shot of Chewie (who hasn’t aged a year since Return of the Jedi) and a grey haired Han Solo saying ‘Chewie, we’re home’.
At the panel, the actors got to talk about their characters, with Oscar Isaac describing Poe Dameron as:
he’s the biggest friggin’ pilot in the galaxy. He’s been sent on a mission by a certain princess and he ends up coming across Mr. John Boyega’s character and their fates are forever intertwined.
John Boyega spoke about Finn saying:
Finn is in incredible danger and the way he decides to react to this danger changes his life and launches him into the ‘Star Wars’ universe in a very unique way.
Daisy Ridley on the other hand talks about her character Rey being a self sufficient scavenger who lives a solitary life:
until she meets another character and the adventure begins.
The trailer done it’s job of teasing with giving the fanbase a few throwbacks to the original (and using members of the original cast at the end and for the narration after not using them in the first teaser) and also focus on the new characters, mainly it seems to be Finn and Rey heavy so far going off the trailers. The opening shot of the Death Destroyer and the X-Wing just left in me awe for the scale of the shot and the fact that it looks like a practical effect rather than a special effect, to quote a friend of mine on the matter last night that opening shot is ‘100% Ralph McQuarrie’. It’s amazing how this trailer makes everything from the explosions to the Tie Fighter/Millenium Falcon chase seem more real than the prequel films heavy handed use of CGI. I guess it won’t be too long till we get an official trailer with an overall plot but as of right now, Christmas, let it be Christmas now!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for a cinematic release date in 18th December 2015.
The prequels were so much better. At least they were original and not a complete and total rehash…