Report: New ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer on October 19, Plus Info on Ticket Pre-Sales!Mike Sampson |
Alright, Star Wars fans, what are you doing on Monday, October 19? Nope, sorry. Whatever you thought you were doing, you might want to readjust your plans, because you’re going to be sitting in front of your computer, watching the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer and pre-ordering your tickets for December 18. At least that’s according to multiple early reports, as well as some of our sources as well.
The new Force Awakens trailer, the first new footage from the film since the :15 Instagram video in August, will actually be the last Force Awakens trailer according to our sources and will debut online on October 19 before eventually making its way to theaters on November 6 with Spectre.
In addition, multiple theater chains are reporting that Star Wars: The Force Awakens tickets will go on sale the same day, though the time is unclear.
[UPDATE #2: Making Star Wars has confirmed our report saying that the Force Awakens trailer will debut on Monday and that the video will air during a special Star Wars themed Monday Night Football on Disney-owned ESPN. We’ve also since learned the trailer will air during halftime and tickets pre-sales will go live approximately at the same time. The promotion will include an “opening crawl” for the football game and Star Wars themed on-screen graphics (fans in attendance will also be able to watch the trailer on the stadium’s Jumbotron). Even the ESPN fantasy app will be updated with Star Wars avatars and graphics. You might also want to stay near your computer on Sunday morning for the debut of the official Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster and throughout the day for some additional items.]
[UPDATE #1: Major U.S. theater chains were provided today with ticketing information on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We have seen the document, which requires theaters to have all their ticketing information entered into the system by 8:00am ET on Friday, October 16 for release at 12:00pm ET to ticketing web sites. This doesn’t mean that tickets will go on sale at that time (in fact, they are still likely to go on sale on Monday, October 19, timed to the trailer release), just confirmation that this is all happening. The pre-sale includes tickets for both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the Star Wars Marathon, which will begin with The Phantom Menace at 4:00am on December 17 and end with The Force Awakens later that night at 7:00pm. Those tickets will cost $50. No word yet on extras (posters, pins, etc.) at this point. We’ve also been told to watch for an official announcement this week on StarWars.com]
Yesterday, Cinemark accidentally posted an official graphic to one of the international markets announcing the pre-sale, only to pull the information shortly thereafter (“In the next Monday begins the pre-sale of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at #Cinemark! Run before the Stormtroopers end up with all the tickets.”). In addition, multiple AMC Theaters managers in the United States and Canada have reportedly informed staff of an October 19 pre-sale date, according to users on TheForce.net.
There is expected to be an official announcement from Lucasfilm and Disney on the trailer debut and ticket pre-sale prior to October 19, though we don’t know when yet; we’ve heard Friday, but have also heard Sunday (with the potential for one of those frustratingly short “teaser for the trailer” videos accompanying the announcement). We’ve reached out to Lucasfilm for comment, but don’t expect to hear back because they don’t officially comment on any of this stuff.
Whatever is happening, it’s going to happen soon, and we’ll make sure to update with the latest as we hear it. Until then, it might be wise to put a couple of bucks aside for those midnight IMAX screenings.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18.