It's Monday Night Football! But more than that, it's the first day for Star Wars fans to pre-purchase tickets for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. As you read this, theater websites are crashing at the sheer power of the force thanks to eager ticket buyers joining the hype from the marketing efforts of Disney and Lucasfilm. A new Star Wars 7 poster and teaser videos released yesterday in anticipation for the third and final full trailer of the movie which released this evening on ESPN.
The first teaser trailer for the next chapter in the Star Wars saga, returning over 30 years after the events of Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, briefly introduced the franchise's new protagonists played by Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac with exciting clips of a new lightsaber and the return of the iconic Millennium Falcon. It featured only a tiny bit of dialogue by Andy Serkis, who says only "the dark side and the light," referencing the theme that the Force is returning to the galaxy in a big way.
The second Star Wars 7 trailer still held back on plot details, but made up for it in bring back the voices of Mark Hamill (to narrate) and Harrison Ford who makes a triumphant appearance at the end of the video as Han Solo alongside his loyal companion Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew).
For this third trailer, releasing 59 days before the film debuts in theaters, Lucasfilm lifts the veil so to speak, but in JJ Abrams style, revealing very little but confirming what we suspected from early reports and rumors.
The film is directed by J.J. Abrams and stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt.
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.