Star Wars, which is now under the care of both Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Pictures, returns to the big screen in time for the 2015 Winter Holiday season, with the release of co-writer/director J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The seventh live-action movie installment in the cosmic adventure franchise picks up in real-time after the events of 1983's Return of the Jedi, as the war between the Rebel Alliance (now known as The Resistance) and the remnants of the Galactic Empire (now The First Order) rages on.
The young heroes of Force Awakens - Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) - have been highlighted in previously-released Force Awakens trailers. However, the first TV spot (which includes Korean subtitles) released for the Star Wars film places the spotlight on the movie's antagonists, instead.
Nearly all of the footage in the newly-released Force Awakens TV spot (featured above) was included in one of the first two teasers releases for Abrams' film, though the preview opens with a brand-new shot of the First Order's forces lined up and being addressed by one of their highest-ranking commanders. There's a reasonable chance that is General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) who is speaking to the legions of stormtroopers, on an as-yet unidentified world that is at least partly snow-covered; it may be a planet brand new to the Star Wars films, much like the desert world of Jakku that has been featured in Force Awakens marketing thus far.
Several of the main antagonists in Force Awakens are featured in the film's new preview (among the shots of modern stormtroopers and star destroyers), along with brief glimpses at the movie's youthful protagonists. The villains seen here include chrome-armored Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and red lightsaber-wielding Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), while the narrator - a character simply known as Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) - is also thought to be a servant of the Dark Side, judging by his name and vocal manner.
The 2015 D23 Expo is right around the corner (at the time of writing this), and Lucasfilm may end up debuting previously-unreleased Force Awakens footage during the event. Meanwhile, production is now underway on Godzilla (2014) director Gareth Edwards' 2016 Anthology (a.k.a. standalone/spinoff) film Star Wars: Rogue One (as evidenced by leaked set photos); it's reasonable to assume that Lucasfilm will tease Edwards' movie during this year's D23 event, too.
Generally speaking, the fan response to both Force Awakens footage as well as details on forthcoming Star Wars movies alike has been quite positive so far. The filmmaking approach that Abrams and his peers are embracing here (using modern digital filmmaking technology in combination with more old-school cinematic techniques) should pay off handsomely, judging by the visuals on display in the Force Awakens footage unveiled so far. Similarly, the promising glimpses of new worlds and interesting new characters both human and otherwise (like the droid BB-8) in the film suggests that this return trip to a galaxy far, far way might yet live up to the hype surrounding it.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in U.S. theaters on December 18, 2015, followed by Star Wars: Rogue One on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX does not have an official release date yet.
Source: Star Wars Korean
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