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.
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?