“There is a great disturbance in the force….”
Actually, that’s just the positive uproar caused by Star Wars fans these past days due to the release of a new poster, AND a new trailer for The Force Awakens.
Here at STF, we always do our best to give you articles and news from a non-biased, non-partial viewpoint, but even we can’t contain our excitement after these new reveals. First, Lucasfilm revealed the second promo poster for their new film online in all it’s glory on Sunday morning, and if you haven’t seen it yet, here’s how it looks:
Lets just say it: this poster is BADASS. The art style seems a lot like any Drew Struzan poster, specifically the ones he’s done for past Star Wars films. However, according to a tweet by the manager of Digital Content and Community Relations at Lucasfilm Matt Martin (click here to see it), it isn’t. Which means whoever designed it was probably heavily influenced by his work. If you start to analyze the poster, right off the bat you notice that Rey is the focal point of it, dividing the light and dark side with her staff. Maybe that’s just a clever way to display the characteristics her character will have in the film? Maybe not. Moving forward. Finn is to the right of her, wielding the blue-bladed lightsaber that once belonged to Anakin Skywalker, and then later Luke Skywalker. On the other side, we have Kylo Ren (played by Adam Driver), one of the antagonist in the new film, wielding his red-bladed crossguard lightsaber. There isn’t much known about the past of these three characters. We don’t even know their last names yet. What we DO know is that Rey is a scavenger on the planet of Jakku, Finn is a Stormtrooper gone AWOL, and Kylo Ren (Ren isn’t his real surname, it’s just a title given to the Knights of Ren, an organization that allies itself with the First Order approximately thirty years after the Battle of Endor) is the “bad guy”. Behind Finn, there is something that resembles the design of a death star. If they’re including another death star in this film, that’s kind of big. But the fact that it’s on the right side of the poster behind Finn (aka the “light side”) makes us wonder if this could be a weapon used by The Resistance ( the modern-day rebels) this time around rather than a weapon of mass annihilation equipped by The First Order (the Modern-day Imperials). But if it’s not some version of the death star -whether used for the good or bad side- then we’ve got no clue what else to assume. Moving towards the middle and the lower sections of the poster, we notice that Luke Skywalker is missing from this promo art while we get a glimpse of Han Solo and Princess Leia(who is sporting a new hairstyle, we might add). C-3PO and R2-D2 are behind those two, and below them are X-Wing fighter Poe Dameron and his astromech BB-8. At the bottom, you see Captain Phasma (played by Gwendoline Christie) surrounded by a couple of stormtroopers. Now onto the trailer.
In this third trailer (which,might we add, was also BADASS), it looks like Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren were the main focus. In the beginning, you see Rey scavenging for parts in what looks like an abandoned and worn down ship (possibly the huge imperial ship shown at the beginning of the second trailer). as it progresses, you hear a voice-over of who we think may be Leia(Carrie Fisher) speaking to Rey. We’re not positive though, so don’t quote us on that [UPDATE: It’s been confirmed that this voice-over was Lupita Nyong’o’s character Maz Kanata speaking to either Rey, and later to either Finn or Rey about the force]. The next clip contains a voice-over of John Boyega’s character Finn. In this scene, he says “I was raised to do one thing. I’ve got nothing to fight for.” This could be removed from a scene later in the film when he and Rey cross paths after he goes AWOL. Moving forward in the trailer, Finn and Rey are discussing “stories about what happened” with Han Solo (more than likely the events that took place in episodes 4-6). He confirms the stories to be true, expanding on the dark side and the Jedi also being real. To the viewers, it might not make sense to question whether or not those events actually took place in the Star Wars universe since we all know them to be true, but keep in mind that there is a thirty year gap between episode VI and episode VII, so the victory of the Rebel Alliance may have gotten lost in time and been reduced to only a common folktale in this era. In the next few trailer clips, there are scenes of X-wings/TIE fighters in aerial combat, explosions on what looks like the planet of Jakku, stormtroopers emerging from ships (then proceeding to get blasted in the next scene), Poe Dameron seated in an X-Wing with his astromech BB-8, Rey crying in one scene, then blasting someone or something with her pistol in another one, and then a saddened Queen Leia being held by Han Solo. Of course while all of these scenes flash from one to another, the typical – but always epic – Orchestral Star Wars fanfare is blaring in the background to add emphasis to the events taking place. Something that stood out in the trailer was another voice-over towards the end which, once again may or may NOT have been Carrie Fisher (this is doubtful though, because the tone of the woman from voice-over mentioned in the beginning doesn’t sound quite the same as this one, so we’re convinced she’s either going to be one or the other). What’s interesting about this voice-over is that she says, “The Force..Its calling to you…just let it in”. Now, whoever this mystery woman is, we speculate that she is either speaking to Finn (who will wield a lightsaber at some point in the movie, a weapon used primarily by those who can command the force i.e. Jedi or Sith), or Rey. Now we only say Rey due to the fact that there is hardly anything known of her origins, and she is something of a wildcard in this film. She may even be of Skywalker lineage, which means the force could reside in her. We’ll just have to wait and see on that. While we’re on the topic of Skywalkers though, the absence of Luke in THREE trailers and on the cover of the promo poster poses many questions. Some rumors are flying around that he may be dead prior to the events that take place in the film, but can that really be the case? A clip was shown in the 2nd teaser trailer that was released 6 months ago, and now the same clip was shown in this one as well. It features a man whose face is covered in a robe, touching the astromech R2-D2 with what looks like a mechanical or robot hand. We have an image from the scene here:
Now, who on earth do we know from a past Star Wars film that received a fake right hand after their father so brutally cut theirs clean off and ALSO was accompanied by R2-D2 throughout the original saga? Oh yeah, Luke Skywalker. You can also look on multiple websites and see that Mark Hamill is definitely cast in the film as Skywalker, but whether that could only be for a flashback (a scene that’s new to the viewers though, of course) is unknown to us. We’ll just have to hang tight like everyone else and see. If for some reason you haven’t seen the trailer yet, you can view it right here . If you wish to see some images from the trailer, Comicbook.com has quite a few posted on their site so you can check those out too in HD. Tickets for The Force Awakens are now on sale as well on Movietickets.com and Fandango.com, but due to such high demand these sites have been constantly crashing and it may take you a while to actually score a ticket (it took us three hours, sadly), so be patient and hope that they aren’t sold out in your area yet.
Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens is scheduled to release on December 18th, 2015