Long before Comic Con, most fans assumed that they would get a new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens during the LucasFilm panel on Friday. Unfortunately, that didn't happen, but director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy did showcase a wonderful behind-the-scenes video, while confirming that the third trailer will arrive sometime this fall. Last week, a rumor surfaced that the third trailer will arrive Monday, October 19, which is the same day that fans will be able to purchase tickets for this highly-anticipated sci-fi sequel. Thankfully, this is one rumor that did turn out to be true, with LucasFilm debuting this new trailer today, but, unfortunately, it does not offer our first look at Luke Skywalker. We do, however, get new looks at Han Solo and Princess Leia, but it's possible that fans won't get to see Luke Skywalker until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18.
Yesterday, LucasFilm debuted the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster, which gave us our first look at the new Death Star. New merchandise that debuted last month revealed that this nefarious space station is known as the Starkiller Base, and the posted showed that this base is much different than the Death Star from the original Star Wars trilogy. The name Starkiller is actually an homage to Luke Skywalker, since the character was originally named Luke Starkiller in early script drafts for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. This space station will serve as the headquarters for General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) and The First Order.
The first teaser trailer that debuted in November gave us our first look at new heroes Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), along with the villainous Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). Many fans were disappointed that none of the original trilogy stars were featured, but the second trailer that arrived during Star Wars Celebration in April offered our first look at Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew). The behind-the-scenes video that debuted at Comic Con showcased Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) for the first time, but Luke Skywalker has still never been seen. This new trailer offers a slew of new footage featuring Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, the lovable BB-8, and Kylo Ren, who wants to finish what Darth Vader started.
There have been several rumors regarding Luke Skywalker throughout the past two years, some claiming that he has gone into exile following Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, and others claiming that his original lightsaber, which was found in the desert, sends new heroes Rey and Finn on their heroic journey. No plot details have been confirmed yet, and it's likely that we won't learn too much about Luke Skywalker and his plight until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18. Producer Kathleen Kennedy did offer a tantalizing tidbit earlier this month, revealing that Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: Episode IX all revolve around Skywalker's family.
J.J. Abrams also revealed there is a reason why Finn and Rey's surnames have not yet been revealed, with many speculating that these characters may be the offspring of characters from the original trilogy. Finn has been spotted wielding a lightsaber in a new poster and a brief video, but new trading cards reveal he is not part of the Jedi Order, although Rey is, even though we haven't seen her holding a lightsaber yet. This trailer showcases Finn's showdown with the villainous Kylo RenAnother report claims that the final runtime of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is two hours and 16 minutes, although that hasn't been confirmed either.
The Star Wars: The Force Awakens supporting cast includes Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Lupita Nyong'o as Maz Kanata, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke and Max von Sydow as an unidentified character. It isn't known yet if this will be the final trailer, but LucasFilm will surely start debuting clips and TV spots in the near future, as we continue the countdown to the December 18 release. Check out the third trailer below, and chime in with your thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.