When Disney called the latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens sneak peek 'The Final Trailer', they meant it! There will be no more new footage released until the film hits theaters on December 17 as part of a 7 film marathon at participating theaters. Leading up to the big premiere, which is just 50 days away (less than two months), we will be seeing a handful of TV spots. But don't expect these too give away too much. They will mostly be comprised of already released footage with a few very select new shots that won't last more than a couple of seconds.
The third and final Force Awakens trailer arrived last Monday like a tornado, whipping through the online landscape and causing quite a bit of emotional damage. People cried, they laughed, they cheered, they literally lost their sh*t as they watched the new footage over and over again. The trailer was viewed 112 million times in just 24 hours. And it literally broke the Internet as ticket selling sites crashed one after the other. Disney and LucasFilm don't really need to release another trailer. In fact, if they stopped promoting the movie altogether, right this second, they probably wouldn't lose a dime. And it certainly wouldn't hurt director J.J. Abrams' feelings. Talking with Extra, he had this to say.
"We're getting very close, the next thing's really gonna be the movie. There will be commercials, but no more trailers... We've all been working really hard to give people something that will be special to them. Our fingers are just very tightly crossed that when people see the movie they'll like it."
Yesterday, the director confirmed that we won't see Luke Skywalker until Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in December. Thus far, we've seen every other original character except the Master Jedi. This has led many to speculate that Skywalker has joined the Dark Side. Though, leaked photos of Mark Hamill in a white robe suggest otherwise. About Luke finally giving into the Emperor's call, J.J. Abrams had this to say.
"I saw that too, I'm always interested in seeing people's theories. What'll be cool when people finally see the movie and see what it really is. Hopefully some people will say, 'I was right,' other people will be like, 'All right!' You want people to be debating things even before the movie comes out, it's a dream!"
Story rumors claim that Luke Skywalker is in self-imposed exile, and has been hiding for the past 30 years. It has been confirmed that Finn and Rey have found Luke's old blue lightsaber, which was first given to him by Obi-Wan Kenobi in 1977's A New Hope and lost in the battle against Darth Vader in 1980's Empire Strikes Back. Many believe that the AWOL Stormtrooper and the future Jedi are now on a mission to return the lightsaber to its rightful owner. Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill are confirmed to have shot scenes together on Ireland's Skellig Michael island, where it is believed the Jedi is discovered hiding out.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and features a new generation of swashbuckling heroes and shadowy villains, as well as the return of fan-favorite smugglers, princesses, and Jedi. Starring Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong'o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, Christina Chong and Miltos Yerolemou, the J.J. Abrams-directed film will debut in theaters on December 18, 2015. Take a look at the latest interview with the filmmaker.