Andy Serkis' Supreme Leader Snoke tells Adam Driver's Kylo Ren that he is about to face his greatest test in a new extended TV spot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Though running one full minute, there are only a few select new scenes from the movie. And all of it is action-packed and filled with explosions. Han Solo shoots a Stormtroop that does a backflip, an X-Wing Fighter takes a direct hit, and Chewbacca gets a new beauty shot that shows the wookie ready for action. It's a fun Thanksgiving treat that doesn't offer too much in the way of story.
The latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens clip debuted on The official Star Wars Facebook page. It arrives as a special treat on Thanksgiving. We only have 22 days left until the movie is in theaters, with the world premiere happening in Los Angeles on December 14 in the heart of Hollywood. All of the stars from the movie both new and old are expected to be in attendance, and it will be one of the biggest red carpet events of all time.
Yesterday, we learn that at least one more person has actually seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens in its entirety. A member of the MPAA ratings board has given the film a PG-13 rating, for "sci-fi action and violence." This news doesn't come as much of a surprise, given that most big-budget blockbusters arrive in theaters with the PG-13 rating.
This is only the second Star Wars movie to garner a PG-13 rating, along with 2005's Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. The first five movies, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) and Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones were all rated PG. Of course, the PG-13 rating wasn't implemented until the summer of 1984, with Red Dawn released as the first ever PG-13 movie. The PG rating for the first two prequel movies isn't that surprising either, given the more kid-friendly nature of those adventures, which introduced us to the divisive Jar Jar Binks.
Naturally, a PG-13 rating doesn't always guarantee success at the box office, but it is almost a foregone conclusion that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be a monster hit. Last week, we reported that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has sold over $50 million in advanced ticket sales, with nearly one month left until it hits theaters on December 18. The $50 million mark shattered the pre-sales record of $25 million held by 2012's The Dark Knight Rises, with some early estimates claiming the sci-fi adventure could earn more than $300 million in its opening weekend, which would shatter the $208.8 million record set by Jurassic World this summer.
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. What do you think about the PG-13 rating for Star Wars: The Force Awakens?