Last month, Disney and LucasFilm debuted the final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but with the highly-anticipated movie still just over one month away, we knew there would be some new footage arriving, at some point. Earlier today, Shonda Rhimes, who created the hit ABC shows Scandal, Grey's Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder, released a promo on her Twitter page, revealing that she will join the cast of all three of her "TGIT" programs to present a special look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Thursday, November 12 on ABC. It isn't known what exactly will be shown during this presentation, but perhaps fans will get their first look at Luke Skywalker.
Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker is one of the few main characters who has not been revealed in any of the previously released footage. There have been several rumors regarding Luke Skywalker throughout the past two years, some claiming that he has gone into exile following Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, and others claiming that his original lightsaber, which was found in the desert, sends new heroes Rey and Finn on their heroic journey. Producer Kathleen Kennedy did offer a tantalizing tidbit earlier this month, revealing that Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: Episode IX all revolve around Skywalker's family.
This move is just the latest bit of corporate synergy employed by Disney. The final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted during halftime of Monday Night Football, which airs on the Disney-owned ESPN network. Back in March, Marvel also released a trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron during an episode of ABC's American Crime. The studio has also had plenty of tie-ins for the Marvel Cinematic Universe on ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel's Agent Carter. It's not surprising that Disney is using its popular "TGIT" lineup on ABC to promote Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will introduce three new heroes into the Star Wars universe, John Boyega's Finn, Daisy Ridley's Rey and Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron, along with Adam Driver's villainous Kylo Ren. Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and Carrie Fisher are also reprising their iconic roles from the original trilogy, although very little is known about their characters. The Star Wars: The Force Awakens supporting cast includes Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Lupita Nyong'o as Maz Kanata, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke and Max von Sydow as an unidentified character.
J.J. Abrams directs Star Wars: The Force Awakens from a script he co-wrote with Lawrence Kasdan. Do you have any theories about what might be shown during this special sneak peek? Could we finally see Luke Skywalker, or get our first look at a number of other mysterious characters? Let us know what you think, after checking out this new preview, courtesy of Shonda Rhimes.