In regards to official information regarding the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we haven't had much to come by over the past couple of months. The ever-churning rumor mill has been giving fans numerous aspects to discuss, but with such a muddled picture being painted, moviegoers are eagerly awaiting Disney/Lucasfilm to swing in and start clearing things up.
Luckily for us, we should have a better idea of what to expect in Episode VII by the time the week is through. That's because Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy are going to launch the 2015 Star Wars Celebration this Thursday, April 16, in "a big way." Since that announcement's been made, it's been revealed that the duo will be bringing a new trailer and a teaser poster with them.
This is all very exciting for followers of the galaxy far, far away, but what about those of us who can't make it to Star Wars Celebration in person? It's true that the new promotional materials should be online shortly after their premiere, but for some that won't be the same as actually witnessing the panel and being a part of this special moment for fans. Fortunately, if you can't be in attendance, all you need is an Internet connection to see everything as it unfolds.
In a press release on starwars.com, it is stated that the site will feature a live-stream of Celebration, with more than 30 hours of coverage for the event (including interviews with franchise actors such as Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher). It all begins at 10 a.m. Pacific time on April 16 with the Abrams/Kennedy panel, and runs through the conclusion of the closing ceremonies during the afternoon of April 19.
The live-stream will also feature Celebration exclusive events like the Star Wars Fan Film Awards and EA's details on the new Battlefront video game, but most fans will be interested in what Abrams and Kennedy have to say. Ever since the ballyhooed teaser trailer broke the Internet last fall, the demand for more footage of the film has been growing exponentially. Now, fans won't have to wait for Disney to upload the preview online, they can watch it as it's being unveiled.
One thing viewers will have to wait on is what exactly will be featured in this new trailer. Illustrating just how confusing the rumor mill can be, there have been not one, but two different descriptions for what the preview entails, posing the question as to which one (if either) is right. In a way, this only adds to the anticipation of the Abrams/Kennedy panel, as we're as in the dark about what they're showing now as we were two months ago. Nobody will like that better than Abrams, who has always been one to advocate preserving the experience of watching something for the first time.
All in all, this is a very nice gesture on Lucasfilm's part. The studio is more than aware of the fact that several Star Wars die-hards won't be able to make the trek to Anaheim to take part in the festivities, so this is the next best thing. It's long been hyped that April 16 will be "a day long remembered" for fans, and now people all around the world can participate in what's shaping up to be a monumental occasion if they so choose.
... Even if it's just through a computer screen.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be in theaters December 18, 2015.
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