Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the most anticipated release of 2015 is finally coming to the big screen this week. J.J. Abrams’ take on the galaxy far, far way will bring together new heroes and villains – such as Finn, Rey, and Poe Dameron on the light side, with Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma, and General Hux on the dark side – as well as several characters from the original trilogy.
Being so close to the release date, Disney is breaking barriers and promotional elements are still being released. After various trailers, a few behind-the-scenes featurettes, and multiple posters, the studio is showing no signs on slowing down, and has released a few more TV spots plus a motion poster featuring the main villain of this new story.
Three new TV spots have been released and they include some never before seen footage, though they still don’t give away much about the plot.
The first promo is titled ‘The Wait is Over,’ and opens with Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega) piloting the legendary Millennium Falcon, followed by some footage of Poe Dameron piloting an X-Wing. We then see Chewbacca, Finn, and Han Solo on board of the Millennium Falcon, as well as some battle scenes between Finn, Chewbacca, Han Solo, and an army of stormtroopers.
The next video is titled ‘Don’t Let Me Down.’ First, we see Poe Dameron once more piloting the X-Wing, followed by Finn, Chewbacca, and Han Solo, seemingly giving up against some stormtroopers. It ends with Finn and Rey on board of the Millennium Falcon, with new droid BB-8 rolling around.
The third spot is all about fighting; opening with Han and Chewbacca on the Falcon, and then a few quick looks at Finn, Rey, and Poe fighting their own battles – Finn with the blue lightsaber (presumably Luke’s lightsaber), Rey with her staff in Jakku, and Poe on the X-Wing.
As much as we love heroes, villains need their moment to shine as well. In this case, Kylo Ren, our prime bad guy, got his own motion poster; in it we get an extreme close-up to his mask – said to have been modeled after Darth Vader’s – with a zoom out to see the whole of it as well as the crossguard lightsaber, ending with the ominous statement that “Darkness Awakens.”
Although there have been multiple videos with different footage from the movie, Disney has managed to not let slip any key details about the plot. Instead, they successfully seeded excitement and anticipation – as well as material for many fan theories, which will prove their accuracy in just a matter of days. At this point fans are just hanging on until the film’s release this Friday, but Disney apparently isn’t going to let a few days go by without reminding everyone there’s a new Star Wars on the horizon.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens releases in theaters on December 18th, 2015, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.