Star Wars fans are impatiently awaiting the theatrical premiere of J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the anticipation for the film can arguably only be matched by the still-to-be-released third trailer. At San Diego Comic-Con 2015, Abrams confirmed the new preview would not debut until the fall, and now that we've officially moved from summer to autumn, moviegoers are trying to unravel the mystery of when the trailer will be released.
The two previews released so far have been of the teaser variety, and, like much of the Force Awakens' marketing materials, have been light on story details. It's because the mystery box has been locked so tight that there's so much interest in the upcoming trailer, since it is expected to be a full preview, offering some narrative clues. Now, we may finally know when we'll be able to see it.
Star Wars 7 News is reporting that the third Force Awakens trailer will be released on October 19, which is also when advanced tickets are rumored to go on sale. Though this is not a 100 percent confirmation, it does make a great deal of sense. Lucasfilm will want to do something to commemorate the pre-sales, and dropping a new trailer would be an ideal way of generating excitement to see the film (leading viewers to buy their tickets early).
Fans will most likely be relieved to hear this third trailer will also apparently be the last one. In recent years, there's been a growing concern of films spoiling themselves via their promotional campaigns, showing off too much footage with a bevy of trailers and TV spots in the months leading up to release. Lucasfilm has been smart about revealing just enough through this whole process without giving away any vital story details, so it's nice to hear they are sticking to that plan. After all, in just over two months (as of this writing), we'll learn all the secrets.
Now that fans have an idea of when to expect the trailer, the conversation will turn to what exactly will be shown in it. At the top of the wishlist might be a brief plot outline, setting up the conflict between the Resistance and the First Order. The previous trailers have delivered on nostalgia through imagery and tone, but now it's time to give people (especially newcomers to the franchise wondering what all the fuss is about) some idea of the story they'll see in December. It wouldn't be surprising if Lucasfilm also put out an official synopsis around this time as well, which will only inspire that much more speculation.
Longtime followers of the series will no doubt be hoping for extra glimpses of some returning original trilogy characters. Official looks at the old guard have been few and far between, which isn't a shock, since the new faces are supposedly the primary focus. Still, with Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher coming back to their iconic roles after all these years, many fans may feel cheated if the Skywalker twins aren't included in a trailer. Even though their whereabouts (especially Luke's) rank among the film's greatest mysteries, it would still be nice to see them in a shot or two as the build-up reaches a fever pitch.
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.
Source: Star Wars 7 News