Friday, 28 November 2014


Disney and Lucasfilm have unveiled the teaser trailer for The Force Awakens, the seventh film in the Star Wars saga, due in cinemas in December 2015.

It would appear we're back on Tatooine - the busiest backwater nowhere in the galaxy, it appears - and there's also some stuff going on with the Millennium Falcon, TIE Fighters and X-Wings, which is sure to please everyone. There's a cute new robot for the little kids, but he looks more tolerable than Jar-Jar at this stage. There's also a villain with a lightsabre which has little lightsabre hilts, which is kind of adorable. It's hard to match the Darth Maul dual-lightsabre revelation from The Phantom Menace trailer, but it might be there's not much more to do with them. It's also unclear who the narrator is: it sounds a lot like Benedict Cumberbatch.

In other news, pre-production is close to starting up on the first Star Wars stand-alone film. Directed by Gareth Edwards, this film is due for release in December 2016 with production set to get underway next year (before Episode VII is even released). According to one source, this first movie will be a heist film and will see a bunch of bounty hunters being employed by the Rebel Alliance to undertake a daring raid on the Empire. The rumour is that amongst the information they seize are the plans to the first Death Star, and this will dovetail the film into the start of Episode IV. The rumours are also that Max von Sydow's character from Episode VII will appear as a young man in this film.

Disney/Lucasfilm's masterplan is for five Star Wars movies to be released annually from 2015 to 2019, consisting of Episodes VII-IX (to be directed by Abrams, Rian Johnson and as-yet undisclosed director) and at least two spin-off films, one focusing on bounty hunters and the other possibly on Yoda's backstory.


Wilbur said...

Neat, it looks like the figure in black robes with the highly dangerous lightsaber has gone North of the Wall - maybe to look for Bran?

Adam Whitehead said...

When he finds Bran, it will turn out that Bran now has lightsabres for legs.

Jeffrey R. Hawboldt said...

I know Lucas has little to do with this, but I've given enough of my money to this franchise - and I was not really impressed with the 3 most recent films (1999-2005).

When it hits Netflix I'll probably check it out then.

Alex Walsh said...

I loved the "George Lucas version" someone spoofed on Youtube. Tons of extraneous CGI creatures (including Jabba) badly positioned in shot because hey that's what Lucas can do :)