It feels like Force Friday all over again. First we got a brand new international trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It offers plenty of new footage and gives away a few new secrets. That latest sneak peek arrived from Japan. As does the latest poster. This enthralling one-sheet repurposes art from the main domestic poster that we got when the third and final trailer debuted in October. Only here, Kylo Ren takes center stage, stepping in front of newcomers Rey and Finn, while blocking the path of old favorites Han Solo and Princess Leia.
The latest trailer asks a question everyone has been wondering anyway. Who are Rey's parents? As we discovered this morning, the young scavenger has been hiding out on Jakku awaiting the arrival of her family. Was she abandoned? Hidden away by the Jedi? We haven't learned Rey's last name. But we suspect it's either Solo or Skywalker. Are we looking at Darth Vader's granddaughter? That's quite possible.
One person who knows all the answers is super-fan Daniel Fleetwood. As we reported yesterday, this terminally ill man who is suffering from a rare form of cancer called spindle cell sarcoma, was given a special screening of the movie, unedited with a few extra scenes still left in the movie as director J.J. Abrams continues to get it ready for its December debut. With just two months to live, Daniel started a social media campaign asked to see the sci-fi sequel before he passed away. With support from around the world, and even a few cast members including Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, Disney and Lucasfilm granted the man his dying wish. Though, he still hasn't come through with that review yet! This is what his wife had to say about the amazing gift.
"To all our wonderful supporters, friends, family and awesome strangers: Daniels final dream was just granted!!! Today the wonderful Disney, Bad Robot and Lucasfilms teams made his final dream come true, in the amazing typical Disney way, they really do make dreams come true! Daniel just finished watching an unedited version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!!! We would like to thank the awesomely talented JJ Abrams for calling us yesterday to tell us Daniel was getting his wish granted! We also would like to thank Lynne, Ben and Anahuac for coming to our home and screening the movie for Daniel. Lastly I want to thank ALL the amazing people who helped make this happen, thank you beyond words!!! May the force be with you all."
Earlier in the week, we got to see a series of five character posters. Rey (Daisy Ridley), Leia (Carrie Fisher), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), and Finn (John Boyega) all got their own cool one sheets, featuring powerful portraits and a striking design motif. Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, and John Boyega each revealed their own posters via Twitter and Instagram, and we've included them here for you in case you missed them the first time around.
Finn's poster once again shows this character wielding a light saber, which we've seen in previous posters and the most recent trailer. Many believe that this is a sign he is training to become a Jedi, but we saw that he isn't actually part of the Jedi order with the reveal of Topps trading cards. However, these cards did reveal that Finn's new friend Rey is part of the Jedi, although we have yet to see her wield a light saber yet. J.J. Abrams' confirmed in a previous interview that this blue lightsaber Finn wields actually belongs to Luke Skywalker, the one handed down to him by Obi Wan Kenobi that was lost during Luke's climatic battle with Darth Vader in Cloud City. While we wait for more details on this highly-anticipated adventure, check out the new international poster, the character posters, and we've included the Star Wars: The Force Awakens international trailer in case you missed it earlier.