Today, November 28th 2016, is the two-year anniversary of the first teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Yes, crazy as it may seem, it's been a full 731 days since the world got its first look at Finn, Rey, BB-8, Poe, Kylo Ren and that oddly controversial crossguard lightsaber. The movie was, of course, a massive hit, putting Star Wars firmly back on the blockbuster map, and so much of the overwhelming hype really kicked into gear with those first 90 seconds.
You may well be wondering, given that we're now exactly as far from Episode VIII as we were from Episode VII then, where the trailer is for the next Skywalker film? Well, why we're yet to even get a title may be for a couple of reasons. One, Lucasfilm don't want any reveal to clash with next month's release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; a trailer could hurt the hype for spin-off due to it not featuring any familiar characters and in turn hamper the whole spin-off enterprise. The other is that, unlike with the previous film, which was the first main Star Wars movie in ten years and arrived with the not-so-positive prequel legacy looming large, there's less of a need for such a long-lead campaign; people are fully onboard for new Star Wars. However, rumours that we'll get something soon are still rife.
There's no word on when it will be released, but YouTuber Mark Zeroh has posted a fascinating rumour based on multiple sources that a trailer has been cut and that it contains a line from Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) to Rey (Daisy Ridley):
"You contain the spark that will rekindle the fire."
Luke Skywalker was famously absent for much of The Force Awakens, discussed in awed whispers and regretful recollections, only appearing silently in the final scene where Rey found him in exile, so there's something quite cathartic about Hamill getting one of the first lines heard from Rian Johnson's sequel. The actor stated at Star Wars Celebration that some of Episode VIII's dialogue will "make you forget all about 'May the Force be with you'" - and while this probably isn't what he's referring to, there's definitely something very Star Wars-y about the line - simple yet grandiose. It's also nicely vague enough to work in a trailer as an arc hint without giving any actual plot away.
As for what it means, that's anyone's guess: it's obvious elaboration on Rey's importance, most probably the balance of the Force or the Jedi, but as so little is known about the character's backstory (or even her relationship to the Skywalker clan) it's hard to make any real conclusions. Breaking from series tradition, Episode VIII will pick up directly where the last film left off, showing Luke and Rey's fateful first conversation, so it is a fair guess the line would come from that sort of exchange.
It's worth noting that Zeroh makes a big point about how this isn't confirmed; he's heard it from several sources over the past few weeks and after research believes there enough credence to those to report, but as with the simple existence of a trailer it is still a rumour. That said, the simple notion of getting some new footage that this rumour invokes is exciting, regardless of if the details wind up baseless.
Source: Mark Zeroh
- Star Wars: Rogue One / Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) release date: Dec 16, 2016
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- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019