In just five short days, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will hit theaters, bringing balance to The Force, and to fans who have waited for a new Star Wars movie for the past decade. It seems everyone is excited for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, including the NBC late night sketch show Saturday Night Live, which aired a humorous parody ad poking fun at adult fans obsessed with Star Wars merchandise. While the video is obviously a parody, it's largely funny because it highlights a real cross-section of grown fans who are still snatching up Star Wars toys.
The video features Saturday Night Live cast members Bobby Moynihan, Taran Killam and Kyle Mooney, who portray enthusiastic fans interrupting a number of young kids playing with their new Star Wars merchandise. While the kids try to reenact scenes from this highly-anticipated movie, the grown-up fans think the kids should just leave the toys in the box and never touch them. Bobby Moynihan even shows one of the youngsters an accurate recreation the Millennium Falcon's landing sequence.
Fans got their first chance to pick up Star Wars: The Force Awakens in early September, with an event known as Force Friday. LucasFilm even made history with a massive 18-hour live unboxing event, which was live streamed from 15 locations all over the world. Toys such as BladeBuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber revealed in Sydney, other toys include Star Wars: The Force Awakens Big Figures (31" and 48") (Tokyo), LEGO Star Wars Poe's X-Wing Fighter (Seoul), Hot Wheels car assortment featuring Star Wars characters and Escape from Jakku Starship playset (Hong Kong), Star Wars: The Force Awakens Kylo Ren Lightsaber (Paris), Star Wars Micro Machines First Order Star Destroyer (Madrid), LEGO Star Wars Kylo Ren's Command Shuttle (Berlin), Star Wars: The Force Awakens Elite Series die-cast figure assortment (London), BB-8 by Sphero and the LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon (New York), Remote Control, flying X-Wing and a Remote Flying Millennium Falcon (Toronto), costumes for Captain Phasma, Kylo Ren and others (Chicago), Nerf Stormtrooper Blaster (Mexico City) and the Millennium Falcon from Nerf (San Francisco) were unveiled for the first time during this event, before they went on sale.
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.
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 this new Saturday Night Live parody ad from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.