Okay, now down to business.
Okay, now down to business.
Lucasfilm has finally confirmed that the rumors are true: The full-length trailer for The Force Awakens will debut during halftime on Monday night’s NFL game.
Tickets will go on sale “everywhere” following the trailer launch. Also confirmed is the Star Wars Marathon Event, aka the seven-movie marathon, at select theaters.
Lucasfilm says that Disney is “providing unprecedented company-wide on-air and social support” and “tying in events and special activities for the day of the trailer release.” Something – perhaps a trailer tease – is expected during Good Morning America tomorrow.
Or, they’ve already dropped one:
See the full poster beneath the cut, as well as a little minor theorizing.
Furious Fanboys is reporting signs that the new trailer for The Force Awakens could be coming on or around October 16 – roughly two weeks away. Namely, that theaters are being told to “reserve” spots for Star Wars promotional items. (So we’ll likely see a full poster then as well.)
If so, signs point to the trailer being attached to Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, which is being released that week by Walt Disney Pictures. Ridley Scott’s The Martian, which comes out later this week, has also been named as a contender for the trailer, but I have yet to see any compelling evidence for that claim. (And while it may be more suited as a genre match – I too would rather go see Matt Damon stranded on Mars than a Tom Hanks Cold War drama – it lacks the double punch of Disney/Spielberg ties.) And how moot is all of this, anyway? Never again the Meet Joe Black times!
In any case, the later timing does line up nicely with the previous report that tickets for the film will go on sale October 19th.
J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy’s “special guests” included the new trio – Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac – who confirmed some of what we’d already heard and/or guessed about their characters. We also got to see the (real!) BB-8 and Artoo, plus their makers, and of course Anthony Daniels, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Peter Mayhew also showed up. I’ll be back later with more, but for now just keep an eye on @clubjade, where I’ve been far more active than on the blog. (Sorry!)
In the meantime, you can backwatch the panel yourself!
And another video that StarWars.com dropped on us today:
Here’s just the BB-8 portion of the livestream:
Here’s our first look at the SyFy space opera series based on The Expanse books by James S.A. Corey.
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.”
…Unless you’re a huge dinosaur fan, I guess. Still, it prompted this very interesting tweet from Gary Whitta:
I wonder if the Jurassic World trailer got moved up to get out of something else’s way…
— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) November 25, 2014
Man, do I hope that’s the case. The Jurassic World trailer was supposed to premiere during a football game on Thanksgiving day.
Strange Magic trailer debuts. Lucasfilm’s animated fairy tale musical will be out January 23.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer was supposed to come out next week… Or so we heard yesterday. It leaked this afternoon, so Marvel made a Hydra joke and released it for real. Well played.
(Now, hopefully this lesson means they don’t announce the Episode VII trailer drop date, when the time comes…)