Star Wars fans got their first look at J.J. Abrams' hotly-anticipated The Force Awakens late last year with a teaser trailer that gave us plenty to discuss, but only whetted everyone's appetite for more footage. Since that time, a number of potentially spoiler-filled rumors pertaining to the film's plot have popped up, and as our editors discussed on an episode of the Screen Rant Underground Podcast, the sheer amount of information available has painted a muddled picture that's hard to make sense of.
That has only heightened the demand for a full-length Force Awakens theatrical trailer... and luckily, we could be getting that very soon. Early reports speculated that it would be attached to Disney/Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron in May, but it may well arrive a month earlier when Abrams kicks off Star Wars Celebration 2015 in April. So, whenever it does release, what can we expect to see? A rumored description may give us the answer.
Umberto Gonzalez of Latino Review took to his Instagram account to post an unconfirmed breakdown of how the new trailer plays out, citing multiple emails he has received. You can head over there to read his full post. We have presented the details in a bullet point list below:
- The trailer opens with an image of a desert planet. A destroyed AT-AT is shown laying on its side.
- As footage of a forest location (believed to be Puzzlewood, where some filming took place) with a large structure is shown, voice over (thought to be Lupita Nyong'o) says "I shall show you the story..."
- The trailer cuts to a shot of a large city in a tropical location. The city is possibly on the water. The voiceover continues "of who you seek..."
- As a cloaked figure (Luke?) stands on top of stone steps on a high green hill, the VO continues, "the one who taught me..."
- As the VO concludes with, "I know why the weapon came to you," we are shown a shot of Finn (John Boyega), Rey (Daisy Ridley) and a blue alien in a dark cave. Finn ignites a green-bladed lightsaber. Rey looks on in the background, disturbed.
- As the trailer moves to a series of quick shots, we see Han Solo looking past the camera.
- A TIE Fighter is seen attacking the forest location from earlier in the trailer.
- A POV shot of Kylo Ren (the cross guard lightsaber-wielding villain from the teaser) shows the evildoer approaching someone on the ground.
- People run in the city shown earlier.
- R2-D2 makes a forlorn beep.
- C-3PO and Leia are featured in a location resembling a base command center.
- A new voice over (thought to be Andy Serkis) says, "Don't get too sentimental." This plays over a shot of Han looking at Leia and then walking towards the Millennium Falcon with Chewbacca.
- In the snowy forest from the teaser, we see a shot of Finn holding the lightsaber, protecting Rey. Han says, "You can do this kid. I believe in you."
- The final shot is a closeup of a hooded figure looking up. It is Luke.
If this trailer is in fact the one we get, it will provide some much-needed clarity on the ever-churning rumor mill. The latest report described a flashback sequence; one that would be initiated during a meeting between Finn, Rey, and a blue alien. Elements of that breakdown play out beat-for-beat in this trailer description (forest location, the alien telling the heroes a story about Luke, Rey being revolted by a lightsaber, etc.), and we know some of these rumors are true, so it sounds like part of the movie's second act will take place on this forest planet.
We've also heard for quite some time that a lightsaber is what sets the whole thing in motion. Earlier rumors had speculated Luke would be in self-imposed exile to protect a Sith tomb. Kylo Ren is apparently on a mission to retrieve artifacts (including the lightsaber) that may open the tomb so he can gain access to its contents. Again, if this trailer is accurate, it confirms that this plot point will indeed be part of The Force Awakens, giving fans an official idea as to how everything goes down.
Other than that, whatever little twists and turns Abrams has in store seem to be under lock and key for the time being (not that we're complaining). The "don't get too sentimental" line is particularly foreboding, but since this is a Star Wars film, high stakes amidst a galactic conflict should be expected. As of now, it doesn't look like Episode VII will be joining the list of projects that ruined crucial story beats in marketing. As fans, we wouldn't have it any other way.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be in theaters December 18, 2015.
Source: Umberto Gonzalez
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