The first trailer for J.J. Abrams' hotly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released over the Thanksgiving weekend, and while the preview was very well-received, some felt that it was missing something. Choosing instead to introduce viewers to the new characters in the classic sci-fi franchise, the preview did not feature any footage of original trilogy stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher, all of whom will be reprising their legendary roles in the new film.
Very recently, we got word that we would all get our first looks at the dynamic trio shortly, as rumors indicated that Luke, Han, and Leia would appear in some capacity in the second Force Awakens trailer, which will debut alongside the theatrical premiere of The Avengers: Age of Ultron in May. However, that may not be the case, as new reports claim that we won't get to see the old characters until the film comes out in December.
This comes courtesy of Germain Lussier at /Film, who tweeted the following after the original Latino Review rumor became public knowledge:
Note: I trust @Latinoreview when it comes to Star Wars stuff, but we SPECIFICALLY heard the original cast WON'T be featured in the marketing
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) January 16, 2015
Lussier later added that the reasoning for this was so Disney could use the marketing campaign to highlight the future of the series and get people acclimated to newcomers such as John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, and Oscar Isaac, who are seemingly playing the new group of heroes that will carry the sequel trilogy to its conclusion.
So we now have two conflicting reports from different outlets about whether or not the classic characters will show up in the marketing campaign. If Lussier's source is correct, it would mark a departure from the strategy other studios are using as they look to revive iconic franchises; both the Jurassic World and Terminator: Genisys trailers banked heavily on the nostalgia factor, recreating memorable imagery in order to hook viewers.
In all honestly, it could be a smart move for Disney to go with this route because it indicates that their filmmakers are thinking ahead to the possibilities that await them with the impending sequels as opposed to remaining in the past and relying on fan service to draw people in. Star Wars is a brand that arguably is larger than Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, and if the reaction to the Force Awakens teaser is any indication, you don't need them to sell a new film set in the galaxy far, far away.
At the same time, it's understandable why this development (again, if true) would be frustrating for longtime fans of the series. While it's worth getting excited about what Finn (Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Isaac) are about, a big draw for moviegoers will be seeing the old guard up on the big screen once more. Even if the second trailer just has a single shot or two of the gang back together, it would at least be something to get us through until December, and since Luke in particular is rumored to have a potentially sizable role in the proceedings, it would be odd if he was not present in marketing.
Like most things Star Wars, we'll just have to wait and see what happens. The rumor mill has never stopped churning for this movie, so once again we're at the mercy of the Mouse House to set things straight. It won't be long now until we get a chance to see that new preview, and even if it doesn't have Captain Solo and his friends, we'll still have new things to talk about.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be in theaters December 18.
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