Hype for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has reached an all-time high. The film is due in less than 3 weeks, and box-office predictions are already heralding the biggest box-office of all time. That would not be something new for Star Wars, since the original Star Wars film did something similar back in 1977, and the last major return of the franchise, The Phantom Menace, grossed over $1 billion at the box office.
It seems Disney and Lucasfilm want to emphasize the connection between the original Star Wars trilogy and The Force Awakens. What we’ve seen of the film already borrows more from the original trilogy than the prequels, and now we have some retro posters that clearly market to long-time fans.
We also have another TV promo, courtesy of CBR, this time focusing on Rey (Daisy Ridley) behind the scenes. The promo originally aired on the Disney Channel and this is a third-party recording, hence the poor audio quality, but it contains some new footage of the alien creatures (created using practical effects and makeup) that will be featured in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as some insights from Ridley into her character.
Disney has also released, via IGN, three posters based on a retro design for original Star Wars promotional material from 1977. Each provides a small spin on the original poster, for example the substitution of “Winter” instead of “Summer.” Check out the posters below.
Much of the footage in this promo was seen previously in the SDCC behind-the-scenes exclusive, or in other trailers/TV spots so far. However, there are a few interesting additions to this promo. We get to see a few more shots of Rey and BB-8 on the desert world of Jakku, and some footage of her surrounded by many strange aliens. We also get some shots of Rey crawling through some kind of mechanical air duct or conduit with Finn (played by John Boyega), plus a few more action shots of the Millennium Falcon.
Despite a flood of promotional material, little is known about the actual plot of the The Force Awakens. We’ll have to wait until December 18th when everything will finally become clear.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens hits 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.