Good morning, and welcome to today’s round of Star Wars: The Force Awakens updates! With the release less than a few weeks away, the details and videos and photos (and…and…) haven’t slowed down one bit. Today brings a new featurette exploring Rey and her background, while an extensive cover story in Empire reveals J.J. Abrams’ influences, Mark Hamill’s hints about Luke’s absence and the importance of Andy Serkis’ mysterious Supreme Leader Snoke.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
We’ve seen a lot from Star Wars: The Force Awakens in recent weeks, including TV spots (so many!), images, new character details and more. Disney has been really ramping up the marketing for the highly-anticipated new installment in the classic saga — not that we need much convincing. Offering a refreshing change of promotional pace, the studio has unveiled three awesome retro posters that will tug that those ol’ nostalgia strings in your heart, just in case Chewie didn’t do that enough already.
Hey, whaddya know? It’s another TV spot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and now that we’re only three weeks away from finally seeing it on the big screen, Disney’s been dropping more and more new footage. The latest preview is an extended TV spot, about the runtime of your average teaser trailer, and features more footage of Kylo Ren and more voiceover from the mysterious General Snoke. In addition, the official soundtrack listing has been revealed and no, it doesn’t spoil anything like the Episode I track list did.
Parents, take note: if your kid is under the age of 13, they won’t be able to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens unless you accompany them to the theater. The highly-anticipated film has officially been given a rating designation of PG-13 from the MPAA, which really isn’t that big of a deal, considering how many of this year’s top-performing films also carry the rating.
It’s rare for a movie trailer to give me chills. But the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens did.
Up until this point, Star Wars: The Force Awakens footage has been doled out in bite-size increments — two seconds here, one second there — but last night on the American Music Awards, Lucasfilm debuted the first full Star Wars clip, giving you a longer and better sense of how these new characters interact on screen.
And now for something a little different! It stands to reason that beloved veteran Star Wars characters C-3PO and R2-D2 will meet adorable new droid BB-8 at some point during The Force Awakens, right? If not, we’ll be seeing a whole lot of fan-fic on Tumblr in a couple of months. A new British ad introduces the two classic droids to the newest ball-droid on the galaxy block in a cute video that gives us a break from all the TV spots and promos and featurettes.
While the night was short of massive revelations (no, Luke Skywalker talk here), there were plenty of interesting, fascinating and hilarious stories as the show formally got started. Here’s the night’s greatest hits.
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens less than a month away from release and anticipation reaching a feverish level unseen in movie fans since 1999, the timing is right for SNL to gently skewer the upcoming sequel. The sketch is really just an excuse for the cast to break out a bunch of impersonations they’ve obviously been keeping in their back pockets while letting them interact with actual Star Wars cast members, but c’mon, that’s all the excuse you need, really.
It's been over a year since the first teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens filled us with hope for the future of the franchise. And with the new installment hitting theaters in just under a month, we have what might be the best remake of the teaser yet, as a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier crew recreated that first teaser with some very inventive maneuvering.