It's finally here! Disney and Lucasfilm have released the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Does it live up to all your expectations? At 88 seconds long, we're introduced to two new characters played by John Boyega and Daisy Ridley. We get to see a speedy new droid, a quick glimpse of an X-Wing heading into battle, and of course the return of the Millennium Falcon. A new villain is also teased, as he/she ignites a fiery red lightsaber. The force is awakening and the Sith have returned. While short, this first teaser does a nice job of setting up the story, and it proves that some of the spoilers we've heard are true.
It has been nine long years since the last live-action Star Wars movie, and an even longer two year wait to see the first footage since the movie was announced in 2012. Now that we have a look at what J.J. Abrams has been creating, we can see the plot behind this latest chapter in the saga starting to come together. Let's take a look at what we know about the story thus far.
1John Boyega is an AWOL Stormtrooper
Taking place 30 years after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, it's believed that the Empire has not simply given up the fight against the Rebellion. It has been a long grueling battle for both sides as they attempt to bring the war to an end. The movie has long been rumored to open on a shot of Luke Skywalker's lightsaber landing on Tatooine, where Daisy Ridley and John Boyega's characters find it. They attempt to return the lightsaber to its rightful owner, which brings them in contact with Han Solo and Chewbacca, who are searching for their long missing Jedi pal. This trailer hints that all of that is true, opening in the desert to confirm John Boyega is indeed a Stormtrooper lost on Tatooine. Has he gone AWOL? Is he part of the Stormtrooper army about to be deployed, which we see later in the trailer? This first footage sets up John Boyega's as yet unnamed character as one of two central leads in this later chapter of the Star Wars saga. And if you listen closely, you can hear an Imperial Probe Droid in the background.
2Daisy Ridley Sets Out to Save John Boyega
There have been a number of rumors regarding Daisy Ridley's character, and from this first footage, it does look as though she is setting out to rescue John Boyega after he is shot down in the desert wastelands of Tatooine. It is believed that she brings the lost and injured Stromtrooper back to her homestead, rumored to be an abandoned AT-AT Walker. There, she nurses him back to health and starts his transition to the good side. While we learn no new names in this sneak peek, the footage sets Daisy Ridley up as the second main character in this storyline.
3Daisy Ridley is a Tatooine Salvager
In the few shots that introduce Daisy Ridley, she is seen speeding towards something very fast. It was previously rumored that she is playing a street smart salvager who works for Max von Sydow, believed to be a demented cyborg with ties to the Sith. While he doesn't show up in this footage, Daisy Ridley does very much look like a salvager. Are we seeing her speed towards the wreckage of John Boyega's ship? It's possible that she hears the crash, and is heading out to collect any items that can be resold. Is this how she comes in contact with John Boyega's stormtrooper?
4 Returning Luke's Lightsaber
One story element we've heard since shooting began in March is that both John Boyega and Daisy Ridley's characters have found a lightsaber in the desert. This particular shot in the trailer may hold a clue to proving that true, as it looks as though Daisy Ridley has a lightsaber attached to the side of her unique looking sand cruiser. It's believed that she brings the lightsaber back to Max von Sydow, and it triggers his memories of being a Jedi-hunting Inquisitor. This scene from the trailer also teases some of the unique and exciting new vehicles that will be introduced on screen (and in toy stores) next December.
5 Han Solo and Chewbacca on Tatooine
Most of the teaser trailer takes place on Tatooine, with these quick flashes supposedly from the beginning of the movie. It is believed that Han Solo and Chewbacca arrive on Tatooine, searching for their long missing friend Luke Skywalker. It's here that they encounter John Boyega and Daisy Ridley. That mission becomes a little bit clearer in the trailer, as we see the return of the Millinium Falcon. The iconic ship is clearly flying through Tatooine as it fights Tie Fighters. While we don't actually get to see Han or Chewy, it seems pretty clear that they are in the same vicinity as the two new characters introduced in the movie.
6 The Falcon Shoots down John Boyega?
We do see the Millinium Falcon engaging with two tie fighters in this first look footage. An interesting idea that hasn't come up until now: Did Han and Chewy actually shoot down John Boyega's Tie Fighter? Is that why he's crashed and left to sweat to death on Tatooine? This could also explain how Han and Chewy first meet the AWOL Stormtrooper, if they see the pilot is still alive and decide to finish the job. What do you think?
7 There is a New Sith Threat
After leaving Tatooine, it is believed that Han, Chewbacca, and the two characters played by John Boyega and Daisy Ridley actually find Luke. It has been rumored that he has placed himself in exile because the force has grown too strong within him. The trailer offers an ominous voice over whispering, 'There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?' While we don't ever actually see Luke Skywalker, we are introduced to a new Sith villain, who has a pretty cool looking new lightsaber. Who is this exactly? We don't know. It almost looks like a woman. Maybe a little too svelte to be Mark Hamill. It could be Adam Driver. One thing is for certain, the movie is introducing us all to a threat we've never seen before.
8 The Rebellion is still fighting
While it has been 30 years since the fall of the Death Star in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, it appears as though the Rebellion is still fighting. In a couple of quick shots, we see an unnamed pilot wearing the iconic Rebel insignia, as he leads a team of X-Wing pilots over a vast body of water. Is a dogfight about to ensue? It clearly looks that way.
9 Oscar Isaac is an X-Wing Pilot
It has been tough to pin down Oscar Isaac's character in this new adventure. Here, he is seen as an X-Wing pilot. Perhaps the leader of a new squad. Again, all we get is this one image, so we don't know anything more than the fact that he is, in fact, a pilot. This would lead credence to the idea that one of the spinoff movies will focus on a rogue squadron of X-Wing fighters, with Oscar Isaac in the lead. Of course, its also possible that he is a bad guy posing as one of the good guys. We just don't know much about this character yet.
10 The Empire is Still Active
We see that the Rebellion is still fighting. This footage also confirms that the Empire is still actively trying to rule the galaxy as well. While its been rumored that John Boyega crashes in a spaceship, here we see what look like paratroopers ready to leap from an Imperial cruiser. Are we actually seeing John Boyega in his full Stormtrooper uniform before he winds up in the desert? Maybe he got lost from his troop, or perhaps we're seeing the ship moments before it crashes. The main character here does look a little short to be a stormtrooper compared to the others in the shot (and Boyega is kind of short). Either way, the Stormtroopers are returning with a new improved look.
11 The Galaxy has continued to Deteriorate
The prequels present a more pristine past, while the original trilogy gives us what George Lucas always referred to as a 'used universe'. Here, we see that the galaxy has continued to deteriorate, as the ships and droids on display look worn down and a little worse for wear. But that hasn't stopped Droid manufactures from inventing new improved droids that run at the speed of light. While we don't get to see too many new characters in this sneak peek, we are introduced to very unique wheel-type robot that is moving very fast. This could't possibly be the new improved R2-D2, could it?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer is short, and we don't get too see too much. But it actually does a lot to set up the story, and explain what is going on. It looks like a lot of the rumors were true. What do you guys think?