I’ve got a ton of stuff to gather up today, but for the moment, please enjoy these two video recreations of The Force Awakens teaser trailer. Above, a crude but sweet LEGO take that came out shockingly fast – less than 24 hours after the actual trailer!
And from today, the laugh-out-loud funny “George Lucas’ Special Edition” version.
The Force Awakens star John Boyega took to Instagram today to thank fans “for all the love and support,” and promising the film “will be worth the wait.” He also indirectly addressed some of the less joyful reactions, telling them to “get used to it.”
Also, an important reminder:
Well, that was a day, wasn’t it? I love you all, and thus I have tread through all the erection jokes and true fan bullshit and hashtag spammers (we trended!) to give you the best tweets about yesterday’s The Force Awakens teaser trailer. Big congrats also go to @starwars, who made it past the 1 million follower mark today!
UPDATE: Now with Part 2!
It’s live! It’s also now up on the official Youtube, as seen above.
Want to dig deeper? I recommend the shot-for-shot posts from io9, Making Star Wars and /Film. They all discuss some of the rumors we’ve heard, and how they apply to what’s been revealed today. And there’s some immediate reaction over at Eleven-ThirtyEight and Tosche Station.
The biggest – or at least most questioned mystery of the the teaser – who’s that in the voiceover? Popular theories thrown out today include Andy Serkis, Max von Sydow, and the rumor that refuses to die: Benedict Cumberbatch. According Drew McWeeney at Hitfix, it is indeed Serkis, who is “playing a pivotal role in the film, although he will not have a lot of screen time.”
And finally, here’s a fun compilation of reaction videos:
Santa Maul is not pleased. Santa Maul woke up today to the news that Lucasfilm is co-opting HIS day, Black Friday. Black Friday is for BUYING THINGS. Not watching movie trailers. This December release date travesty is getting worse all the time.
Still, at least they provided this list of Star Wars Black Friday deals.
As always, Santa Maul also recommends ThinkGeek. This year he particularly amused with charm beads, as the concept of wearing a shrunken Darth Vader head on one’s wrist pleases him.
Santa Maul will return when this trailer madness dies down. Perhaps he will find a new, less-played out foe for his mighty rage…
Tomorrow brings us the first teaser trailer for Episode VII. It’s exciting, yes! Let’s review.
What: Our first teaser trailer for The Force Awakens, aka Episode VII. It will be 88 seconds long and give us our first glimpse at the galaxy after Return of the Jedi.
Where, how: Trailers.apple.com, the iOS Trailers app, and all day long before every film playing at 30 theaters in the U.S. and Canada.
When: Friday, yes, but what time will it be online? Midnight, maybe – I’ll be staying up just in case. But if I was a betting woman, I’d say around 10 a.m. EST/7 a.m. PST – about the same time the first showings begin Friday morning. In fact, the President of Disney France apparently tweeted earlier that it would be out at 4:15 p.m. there, which lines up with 10:15/7:15 a.m. here in the states.
Why: /Film has a nice article today about why The Force Awakens teaser is so special.
No, you haven’t seen it online already. I promise. There are at least three fanmade versions floating around, repurposed as impostors. (The one that looks like it was filmed in a theater is the fakest one of all – pretty much all the action scenes are from video games.) The other two are admitted fan efforts, not intended to fool innocent fans. The real thing has not leaked. (Amazingly.)
Are you ready?
It’s a holiday here in the U.S., but in the interest of getting ahead of tomorrow’s big event, here are the best tweets of (almost) the past week.
Thank you, Lucasfilm! And contrary to some of the rumors floating around, this will be the same 88-second trailer that’ll be in theaters.
If you’re on iOS, you’ll want to download the iTunes Movie Trailer app now.
→ UPDATE: Nope. It’ll be on iTunes Friday, which is at least online. Jedi News is saying that we can expect “an official modified version” of The Force Awakens trailer that’ll be in theaters beginning Friday will be online Monday, December 1st. Whoo. Bootlegs ahoy.
→ No, really? The Force Awakens will need Millennials, Variety reports.
→ Over at Making Star Wars, Jason explains how the film’s new droid works.
→ Eddie Redmayne talks about his disastrous Episode VII audition.