The trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is here. It’s all happening. The 88 second teaser was shown in 30 theaters in the United States and Canada and was just released online. While it doesn’t reveal a ton of information, it does include actual footage and not just a shot of the Millennium Falcon jumping into hyperspace. Chances are you’re not still reading so take a moment and watch:
Are you still breathing? I raced to a theater this morning on the East coast to see a 9:30am showing. It was the earliest possible movie the teaser was attached to. I sat down with a racing heart, and the screen froze and died right before the previews started. I nearly had a panic attack. Five minutes later, we were back in action. Every time a new preview screen popped up, I was on edge. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was last, and by the time I saw it, I was ready to throw up from anticipation. Ahh, fandom.
“There’s been an awakening…”
So, what did we learn? We saw Tatooine. We saw John Boyega in stormtooper armor looking distraught and confused. We saw Daisy Ridley in an outfit like the one Leia wore in the speeder bike chase on Endor. We saw what looks like Oscar Isaac flying an X-wing (could he be an Antilles descendant?!). We saw a new type of droid. We saw a Sith in black robes with a red T-shaped lightsaber. And then, there’s the Millennium Falcon, X-wings, and TIE fighters. Did I mention the beautiful, beautiful Falcon? That’s the money shot you want to see on a big screen if at all possible.
As far as teases go, it was a wonderful mix of hints and mystery. It doesn’t show too many details, but at least we know something about the movie now. It will feature the light side and the dark side of the Force, and given that Boyega, Ridley, and Isaac were highlighted in the trailer, maybe they’re tied into that battle. In fact, they’re likely the new Luke, Leia, and Han.
Before you go, look at this gallery of stills from the trailer: