New Rogue One trailer coming Thursday

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NBC will be premiering a new Rogue One trailer during their Olympic coverage on Thursday, @starwars has announced. For those who aren’t stuck to the pole-vaulting and all that other stuff going down in Rio, we expect the trailer will be up on the official Youtube quickly thereafter.

Like the Monday Night Football debut of a major The Force Awakens trailer last year, the purpose of this is to reach a mainstream audience beyond us fandom mainstays – something a standalone like Rogue One may need even more than TFA did.

Here’s the spot that ran this weekend, advertising the premiere:

New Rogue One trailer coming to TV on the 15th

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A new Rogue One trailer will air in prime time on ABC a few hours after it (presumably) debuts at at Celebration Europe. The main Rogue One panel is at 16:00 BST in London, which is 11 a.m. EDT/8 a.m. PDT. The trailer will air during an ABC showing of Secrets of the Force Awakens (aka the Blu-ray documentary,) at 8:00 p.m. PDT/EDT as discovered by Making Star Wars.

The listing promises a “3 minute trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story;” film’s previous trailer is only two minutes long.

Video: Teaser trailer for Rogue One

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It’s here! And you’ll see a few familiar things…


Entertainment Weekly has a gallery with a closer look at the trailer imagery, including that ‘Jyn Erso’ is the proper spelling of Felicity Jones’ character’s name, and that is indeed Genevieve O’Reilly (from the Revenge of the Sith cut scenes) reprising Mon Mothma. io9 has a good breakdown, too.

And in non-Star Wars news: Star Trek Beyond, Independence Day: Resurgence and SyFy’s The Expanse

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With The Force Awakens on the horizon, a few studios are busy slipping out teasers for their next franchise sci-fi flicks. On Sunday, Twentieth Century Fox released the trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence, with Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth, and Bill Pullman picking up twenty years after the initial alien attack that was defeated by uploading a Mac virus. They also set up a site to track the history from 1996 to the present, including an explanation of where Will Smith’s character went.


And this morning, Paramount dropped the teaser for Star Trek Beyond, with a heavy dose of action, explosions, and the Beastie Boys. How many Trek films in a row will the Enterprise be destroyed? Idris Elba joins Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto in this film directed by Justin Lin of Fast & Furious fame.


Ready for the big premiere tonight? I’m talking of course of the newest space story to hit the screen, based on an earlier property: The Expanse. Airing in two parts, starting tonight on Syfy, the miniseries is based on the Expanse series of novels by James S.A. Corey, a pseudonym used by Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham, who also penned Star Wars: Honor Among Thieves, one of the last Legends novels. Andrew Liptak describes The Expanse as the new Battlestar Galactica. Check it out tonight and Tuesday night at 10 pm on Syfy. You can also watch part one online. Also on Syfy, starting tonight, is a three-part adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End.

Video: Chinese trailer for The Force Awakens


A new Chinese trailer for The Force Awakens features some new footage, a lot of which we’ve seen in recent commercials, but some that we haven’t. They’re mostly slightly longer versions of what we already have, but there are a couple surprises!

Lucasfilm thanks fans for response to The Force Awakens trailer

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In a new post on StarWars.com, Lucasfilm thanks fans for their response and enthusiam regarding the new trailer.

Thank you all for making the Star Wars universe what it is, and for keeping it alive and growing and meaningful. Star Wars is back and beginning an exciting new journey, and it’s because of you.

They also reveal that the trailer has been viewed online more than 112 million times in 24 hours.

And since it’s been such a busy week, here’s an overview of our own trailer coverage:

→ The trailer itself and some quick analysis. Dunc’s early reaction can be heard along with the rest of the Trailer Council and James live-watches.

john-boyega-vertPost-trailer tweets, because we know what you’re here for. Don’t miss John Boyega’s extended reaction video (and BB-8’s!)

Ticket sales go nuts and other post-trailer miscellany, though at least one record went unbroken.

More on the trailer’s music, and hear an isolated version of it without all those distracting visuals and dialouge.

A pair of interesting meta peices on the Jedi Order prompted by the trailer. We also reblogged several interesting Tiumblr posts: The stories, Kylo Ren’s stance and his place as a villian

On that note, we’ve featured quite a bit The Force Awakens stuff on Tumblr lately.