Yesterday, a new rumor surfaced that the highly-anticipated first trailer from Star Wars: The Force Awakens will debut with The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, which hits theaters December 17, exactly one year and one day before J.J. Abrams' sci-fi adventure debuts in theaters. Today, however, /Film is reporting that the trailer will not merely debut alongside the final Hobbit movie, with the site teasing Disney's "bigger plans" for the trailer premiere.
Whatever those "bigger plans" are remains to be seen, but the site speculates that it could debut on TV first, using the eagerly-awaited trailer to boost ratings for Disney-owned networks such as ABC, Disney XD or even ESPN. Disney XD's animated series Star Wars Rebels would be the most logical place for this trailer to debut, should it arrive on TV first before theaters, but it's possible that the trailer could be attached to an episode of ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or even ESPN's NFL Monday Night Football, in an effort to boost ratings. The site also notes that November is a sweeps month, a time when networks normally roll out big events to pull in bigger ratings. A report from earlier this week said the trailer will debut within the next four or five weeks.
Another scenario for the trailer debut could be a special theatrical event, where hundreds (or thousands) of theaters throughout the country host the trailer in a proper theatrical setting. The site also notes that, while it's possible the trailer may not debut before The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, they are hearing that isn't the case. It's also mentioned that the trailer may end up being attached to The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies after all, but it will debut in a much more grand fashion before that film hits theaters.
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