After much speculation, it has been confirmed that the full trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will drop tomorrow during halftime on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. The game starts at 5:15 p.m. PDT/8:15 p.m. EDT.
Lucasfilm made the announcement earlier today, and made it official by debuting the film’s newest poster, which adds a few new never-before-seen elements. Check out the full poster here below.
Well the poster design is what you would expect to see on any film that is as highly anticipated as a new Star Wars sequel. I could see that they were definitely trying to go for a Drew Struzan touch, but it isn’t exactly Drew Struzan. In fact, the free posters that were handed out at D23 had more of a Struzan feel to it. That being said, this is still a pretty cool poster to look at.
So let’s break down the poster a bit. We see the all so familiar Stormtroopers, TIE Fighters chasing the Millennium Falcon, Star Destroyers, droids, Kylo Ren, Finn, Rey, Poe Dameron, Captain Phasma, Han Solo, and Princess Leia – who seems to be sporting a new hairdo.
But Luke Skywalker is missing, what’s up with that exactly? And no General Hux either? We can only speculate why they, and the others were omitted from the poster.
Then there is that new alien next to BB-8, C-3PO, and R2-D2 — is that the mystery alien that Simon Pegg is playing, or is that Lupita N’yongo’s character, Maz Kanata? And that thing in the upper right hand corner, is that the Starkiller base we have been hearing so much about but seeing so very little of?
This new poster reveal seems to indicate that we will see all of this in the first theatrical trailer of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Theatrical trailers have an average runtime of two minutes and 30 seconds, almost a full minute longer than the first twoteasers. And I’m sure they will be showing that clip of Finn holding Anakin’s blue lightsaber, just in case some haven’t been keeping up with the social media marketing. Hopefully that Death Star looking thing is the Starkiller base. Though I doubt we will get to “witness the firepower” of that “fully ARMED and OPERATIONAL battle station!”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson, Adam Driver, Andy Serkis, Max von Sydow, and returning alum Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, and Kenny Baker. Directed by J.J. Abrams, who co-wrote the script with Lawrence Kasdan, the seventh installment of the Star Wars saga opens in theaters on December 16 in France, in the U.K. on December 17, and in the U.S. on December 18, 2015