There are reaction videos. And then THERE are reaction videos! Just because you're in the movie doesn't mean you can't enjoy it like the rest of the world. And that's exactly what the new stars of Star Wars: The Force Awakens did last night. And boy, were they emotional about seeing the final trailer. Perhaps even more so than you!
Yes, yesterday Lucasfilm and Disney finally launched the third and final Force Awakens trailer. And by most accounts, it was awesome! While Youtube was instantly flooded with various reaction videos, there only seemed to be two that mattered last night. As soon as this footage was released, both John Boyega, who plays the lightsaber wielding AWOL Stormtrooper Finn, and Daisy Ridley, who plays the desert scavenger turned galaxy savior Rey, jumped on their private Instagram accounts to share their own reactions with the world. And it truly marked a unique moment in social media.
The first reaction comes from Daisy Ridley. She is in bed, and has set an alarm to wake up and watch this first look footage. And it might just be too cute to handle. At first she smiles, and then her eyes go wide, and then the tears come. About the moment, which she felt sort of embarrassed about, she has this to say.
"Staying in a little b'n'b with my friend... Set an alarm to watch the trailer... My friend filmed my reaction. Totally emotional seeing it for the first time and so so so incredibly awed to be part of this incredible legacy #starwars #theforceawakens"
Though he doesn't burst out in tears, John Boyega's reaction is equally emotional. He seems to nodded his head to each expected moment. Then something happens that he obviously didn't expect. We're not sure which scene had him flying up in the air. But before it's over, he goes completely over the couch. He's excited to say the least, as most of us were. Here's what he had to say about the trailer launch experience.
"THE TRAILER IS JUST EEEEPPPPPPPIIIIICCCCCCC! /star-wars-7-force-awakens-poster-death-star/Star Wars is back! gaaaaaad laaaaard! You know what! Let me just relax because this kind God oooo! Lmao! Seriously congrats to everyone ! December 18th!"
Opening in theaters on December 18, 2015, 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. Directed by J.J. Abrams, the highly-anticipated movie stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley,John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max von Sydow.
Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt. Even though we're sure you've seen it a dozen or more times, we're also including the trailer here once more, so you can watch it again and again. What do you think? Were you more or less excited to see the footage than the two actors headlining this latest jaunt to that galaxy far, far away?