By now, if you're a die-hard Star Wars fan, you've likely watched the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens a trillion times or more. We knew right away that there wouldn't be much footage shown, with director J.J. Abrams confirming earlier this week that this sneak peek would only have a runtime of 88 seconds. Wee did get our first look at John Boyega and Daisy Ridley's characters, along with a new Sith villain and the return of the Millennium Falcon. But there was a whole lot more that this teaser failed to show us, and when it comes down to it, it practically revealed nothing!
We've already broken down the trailer, frame-by-frame, examining every little piece of information would cold possibly gather from this 88 seconds of footage. Like every great teaser, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens sneak peek has left us wanting more from this galaxy far, far away. So we've decided to examine nine things that weren't included in this first look, which fans have been waiting for ever since Disney announced the purchase of LucasFilm back in October 2012. Take a look at all the things that are missing from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer:
1 The Original Cast
While new heroes John Boyega and Daisy Ridley were showcased for the first time in the teaser, surprisingly, original Star Wars characters such as Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) were nowhere to be found. We didn't even get to see C3PO (Anthony Daniels) and R2D2 (Kenny Baker), though we did catch a glimpse of a bizarre new droid that resembles a robotic soccer ball. While there is speculation that this could be the "new and improved R2D2," that likely isn't the case, since we've already seen the R2D2 unit used on the set in photos from the wrap party earlier this month. Why did J.J. Abrams decide to discard these beloved characters from this first look? We have no clue, but perhaps there is something about Luke, Han and Leia's new looks that will reveal some sort of secretive story detail. Or Disney simply wants to keep the focus on these new characters. There are already so many rumored plot details floating around right now that it's nearly impossible to discern what's true and what's rubbish, since nothing has been confirmed in regards to the story. We'll get to the mysterious plot a little later, but first let's examine another burning mystery that needs to be solved, post haste.
2 The Main Villain's Identity
The one shot in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer that will be examined more than most is when we "meet" the new Sith villain, stumbling through a snowy forest before unleashing his unique lightsaber that resembles more the claymore-style of sword associated with the Scottish late medieval period, which has two blazing quillons with quatrefoil terminations coming out of the sides. Perhaps these fiery prongs were developed by the Sith to avoid any more hand dismembering incident? Lightsaber inquiries aside...Who the heck is this guy? Or girl? He/she's obviously a Sith, clad in all black with an iconic red lightsaber hue that automatically lets audiences know we're looking at the villain. Sadly, that's about all we know, since the official cast announcement back in April didn't reveal which characters are playing whom. Adam Driver has long been rumored to play a villain, and, at first glance, this mysterious character appears to match up with the actor's body types Bet, then again, there are those set photos from September which appear to show the actor wearing an X-wing pilot uniform. Even if Adam Driver is the villain, we know nothing about his character, why he is the villain and what possible ties he may have to the first six movies, if any.
3 Any Plot Details
Two days ago, we reported that this trailer will debut online through Apple iTunes Trailers, which I was excited about because, 9 times out of 10, any trailer that debuts on Apple also comes with some sort of a plot synopsis. The Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer was that proverbial 10th time out of 10, it seems, since the site only offered a rundown of the previously-announced cast and crew. Given the ridiculous amount of unconfirmed plot rumors that have surfaced over the past year, I was hoping that we'd get at least a little hint about the story, but that wasn't the case. As we mentioned earlier, the trailer did confirm a longstanding rumor that John Boyega's unnamed character is an AWOL Stormtrooper, and we see that he's clearly lost in the middle of the Tatooine. It has long been rumored that the movie opens on Tatooine with John Boyega and Daisy Ridley's characters finding a light saber that they later learn belongs to Luke Skywalker, sending them on a journey to track down the Jedi master, who hasn't been seen or heard from in several years. This expedition is where they reportedly meet Han and Chewie, who may have been responsible for shooting down the TIE Fighter ship carrying John Boyega, that lead to him being stranded in the desert. Are these plot details true? We're not sure, but hopefully Disney and LucasFilm will clear things up a bit by releasing the official synopsis soon.
4 Identity of the Mysterious Narrator
Before getting our very first look at John Boyega in the trailer, we hear a mysterious voice who states, "There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?" Then when we first see the villainous Sith, this voice states, "The dark side... and the light," before cutting to the aerial shot of the Millennium Falcon in action. Naturally, since practically nothing has been confirmed about the story, we don't know if this voice will randomly pop up in the movie, like it does in the trailer. It's possible that this voice is speaking directly to John Boyega's character during the trailer's opening moments, but then again, the voice doesn't seem to be directly addressing the villain in his second passage. Is this character good or bad? It is being speculated that it is a character that is very Yoda-like, and has been in hiding for several decades. Andy Serkis has been confirmed as the voice, but its being rumored that he plays more than one charter in the movie. So we don't know who this voice belongs to, yet. At this point, as with anything Star Wars-related, certainly anything is possible.
5 More New Vehicles
Last month, a slew of concept art images leaked, featuring a fallen AT-AT walker that Daisy Ridley's character supposedly lives in, along with a shot of the Emperor holding Darth Vader's helmet, and a slew of new vehicles. It seems now that at least one piece of the concept art is legit, since it features the unique speeder used by Daisy Ridley. Sadly, though, that's the only new vehicle we see here, although we do get glimpses of the returning TIE fighters, the newly remodeled X-Wing ships and, of course, the Millennium Falcon. What's strange is the characters themselves showcased in the footage are all new, with none of the original trilogy cast members being shown, but, on the flip side, we only get a brief glimpse at one new vehicle with the rest previously established in the franchise. With that being said, perhaps the next trailer will show us the original cast and more of the new vehicles? We'll have to wait until the second trailer hits to find out for sure, whenever that may be.
6Max von Sydow's Aging Cyborg
Since it's clear that director J.J. Abrams only wanted to show off the new characters in this first trailer, and not characters already established in the original trilogy, it's somewhat surprising that we didn't get our first look at Max von Sydow. We reported last month that the 85-year-old actor plays an "older cyborg dude" who is possibly suffering from dementia. He identifies the lightsaber found in the desert, and later makes a call to someone, saying simply, "It's here." Of course, none of that information has been confirmed yet by the studio. There are also rumors that he's playing a former Inquisitor. If these details do prove to be true, he may very well end up being one of the most important characters in this new trilogy. It was also said that he references unspecified characters in the original Star Wars trilogy as well, so it's possible that he has some connections to these characters. Even if this information isn't true, we had hoped that we'd get our first look at the character played by Max von Sydow in the trailer. Maybe then we'd have more of a clue as to who he is playing.
7 The Emperor's Return
The same story from October that revealed a number of new vehicles in Star Wars: The Force Awakens also showed an intriguing piece of concept art featuring the Emperor holding Darth Vader's helmet. Of course, it's just concept art, and the Emperor may not even be a part of this story, but it still would have been a surprising reveal to show him in this first footage. Is the Sith villain the Emperor's new apprentice? As we know from the first six movies, the Sith always come in twos, the master and the apprentice. Could the Emperor be responsible for the "awakening" of the Force? It's possible, but I'm also curious how the Force managed to lie dormant, as it were, in the 30 years between Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Perhaps we'll know more when the next trailer is released.
8 New Character Names
When the official cast was announced back in April, unfortunately, it didn't come with any confirmation of these characters' names. It's been rumored that Daisy Ridley's character is named Kira, but even if that turns out to be true, hers is the only character name that has been revealed. Of course, it's hard to reveal names when there's literally no dialogue in the trailer, only narration from yet another mystery character. With the desire for ANY tidbits of info regarding Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it's kind of surprising that these character names haven't been released yet. It's possible that just the names themselves may be spoilers, somehow, but we don't know for sure. Still, it would be nice to know what we'll be calling these new characters sometime soon.
9 The Episode VII Subtitle
A few weeks before the trailer debut, Disney and LucasFilm announced that the official title will be Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Many fans were confused about why the title doesn't include the Episode VII subtitle, especially since that's what everyone has been calling it for two years, after Disney purchased LucasFilm. While it may seem like an insignificant detail, it could hint that Disney is setting up an even bigger universe than originally thought, besides the new trilogy and the three spin-offs. Of course, it could also be as innocuous as Disney trying to set their films apart from the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy, which are still owned by 20th Century Fox at the moment. It's also worth noting that the original trilogy didn't initially include the episode numbers in their marketing campaigns, but George Lucas made them a prominent part of the prequel trilogy titles. It's possible that Disney just isn't a fan of overly-long film titles, but we don't know for sure. We also have more than a year left until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters, and the studio has plenty of time to change their mind and possibly put the Episode VII back.
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