Just a few weeks after Comic-Con, Disney announced their full schedule for the D23 Convention, which takes place this weekend in Anaheim, California. The studio's highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of the movies that will be presented during the studio's live-action movie presentation, which lead most fans to believe that some sort of new footage will be put on display during this panel. As it turns out, though, that isn't the case, with director J.J. Abrams revealing to Entertainment Weekly that there are no plans to show any trailers, clips or behind-the-scenes footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
"It is true, we are showing no footage, behind the scenes or otherwise. In the fall, there'll be a trailer. We're thrilled to go to D23 and meet the fans, but it's a tricky thing to try and rush [footage] for a convention or preexisting event that would, of course, be fun to show something at."
Just before SDCC, the director revealed that they weren't showing a trailer during the event, but they showed fans a behind-the-scenes video that went inside the production. The filmmakers confirmed during the panel that the next trailer will debut in the fall, although they failed to give a specific release date. That video not only gave us our first look at Carrie Fisher in full costume, but confirmed that J.J. Abrams' longtime friend Simon Pegg does indeed have some sort of a role in Star Wars 7. Since there will be no footage on display, it's possible, though, that the filmmakers could use the D23 convention to reveal the first official poster.
You may recall, way back in December 2014, a rumor surfaced that legendary poster artist Drew Struzan was planning on coming out of retirement to create the posters for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That report was never confirmed, but Drew Struzan did come out of retirement earlier this year to create a special poster for the documentary Batkid Begins. We have no confirmation about whether or not Disney plans on debuting the Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster, but it could very well be something to keep an eye out for. When asked about how the post-production process was coming along, J.J. Abrams did have this to say.
"I'm still editing and we're working on refining the cut, but it's incredibly fun to see the movie come together. You realize certain things that you don't need, certain things you can pull out."
Are you disappointed that there won't be any new Star Wars: The Force Awakens footage shown at D23? Or do you think J.J. Abrams isn't being completely honest with the fans? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more Star Wars: The Force Awakens updates throughout D23.