There has been a lot of speculation about when fans may finally get to see the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with the most recent report revealing that the footage will debut within the next four to five weeks. Star Wars 7 News reports today that the trailer will be attached to prints of The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, which hits theaters on December 17.
The site's sourced dubbed "Echo-7" reportedly spoke with a theater manager, who claims that the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens footage will be shown before The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies only in theaters. This was backed up by a Twitter user named @RealReeceDeal, who reportedly spoke with Thomas Gormley, J.J. Abrams' 1st Assistant Director, and posted the following tweet, which was later deleted.
"Had a talk from Thomas Gormley today, when asked about the teaser trailer for Star Wars VII he said, "You might wanna go see The Hobbit."
Star Wars 7 News' source claims that movie studios aren't allowed to "cross-promote" movies with each other except for two times a year. Since The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies comes out a year before Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it could be considered "close enough to be within these rules."
The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies will surely be a huge theatrical event, and fans of that genre are more likely to cross over to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, than Disney's last theatrical release of the year, the fairy tale musical Into the Woods. Of course, this hasn't been confirmed by Disney or LucasFilm yet, but it would make plenty of sense to debut the trailer with The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, as opposed to any other December release.