In just five short days, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will finally be released in theaters, ending a three-year wait for fans that first started when Disney announced their purchase of LucasFilm back in October 2012. To get fans ready for this highly-anticipated theatrical event, Disney and LucasFilm have released three new TV spots, courtesy of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkyZzM_eZc8&feature=youtu.be&a|JoBlo Movie Trailers, which includes brief snippets of new footage. One of the spots features Harrison Ford's iconic character Han Solo piloting the Millennium Falcon with Chewbacca, along with new looks at Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will introduce three new heroes into the Star Wars universe, John Boyega's Finn, Daisy Ridley's Rey and Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron, along with Adam Driver's villainous Kylo Ren. Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and Carrie Fisher are also reprising their iconic roles from the original trilogy, although very little is known about their characters. 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.
Unfortunately, these new videos don't give us our first look at Luke Skywalker, who hasn't been featured in any of the trailers, photos or other bits of footage released thus far from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. His absence has fueled several rumors about what he's been up to since Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, none of which have been confirmed, although many are quite intriguing. We do know that Luke Skywalker will return in Star Wars: Episode VIII, under the direction of Rian Johnson.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is expected to break the all time record for highest opening weekend at the box office, which was set this summer by Jurassic World, which earned $208.8 million during its opening weekend this June. Some have speculated that Star Wars: The Force Awakens could earn upwards of $300 million during its first weekend in theaters, and it has already set a record for highest pre-sales, with over $50 million in tickets sold. That record was set last month, breaking The Dark Knight Rises' record of $25 million. That $50 million tally has surely gotten bigger since then, but we don't have any updated figures as of yet.
J.J. Abrams is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason D. McGatlin serving as executive producers. Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be followed by the first spinoff, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, arriving on December 16, 2016. Star Wars: Episode VIII is slated for release on May 26, 2017, with Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo Movie arriving on May 25, 2018 and Star Wars: Episode IX premiering sometime in 2019. Take a look at these new TV spots from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as the countdown to this release winds down.