Star Wars 7 teaser launched…

tumblr_nfrkd7tgYG1rvpu8lo2_1280For all of us of a certain age, the Star Wars franchise holds very dear to our hearts, particularly the original trilogy, parts 4, 5 and 6.

The teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrived this week and not only does it look like J.J. Abrams is staying faithful to the original trilogy it just looks awesome!

It’s also more notable for what it doesn’t show as much as it shows. So, contrary to initial rumours, we don’t get a glimpse of the old stagers returning to the franchise. There’s no Mark Hamill as a bearded Luke Skywalker, no Harrison Ford as Han Solo, no Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa, no Chewie, no Threepio, no Artoo.
What we do get is a glimpse at the new blood that will drive the film – John Boyega, the hero of the film, intriguingly wearing an Imperial Stormtrooper’s outfit. Some rumours had suggested that Boyega’s character would be a guy with a troubled past trying to find the right path. This definitely tallies with that.

Then we have Daisy Ridley as the film’s heroine (believed to be called Kira), Oscar Isaac as an X-Wing pilot lining up in formation with a squadron of fellow pilots, and… the new Sith threat. The dark voiceover that begins the trailer – “there has been an awakening. Have you felt it?” – not only tees up the title, but seems to come from a villain who’ll be making life difficult for our heroes.

That villain may well be the Sith Lord seen near the end of the teaser, sporting a souped-up red lightsaber that’s more ragged and, literally, laser sword-like than previous models. Speculation already suggests the voice could belong to Benedict Cumberbatch, but as his involvement in the film hasn’t been confirmed, we’d imagine it will come more from Adam Driver.

And then, in lieu of faces of old friends, we get an astonishing shot that heralds the return of the coolest spaceship in movie history – the Millennium Falcon, swooping and gliding and loop-the-looping across the sand dunes of Tattooine as it seeks to avoid any Imperial entanglements. With the one-two punch of that, followed quickly by John Williams’ Star Wars theme, the trailer ends on a triumphant note that had the entire Empire office bursting into applause. And we’re a jaded, cynical bunch.

It’s a cracking teaser – enough to reassure us that J.J. Abrams and co. are heading in the right direction, while holding plenty back. Bring on December 2015!

Have a look at the trailer and get excited for December 2015!

Adrian Drayton

Adrian Drayton is the Director of Reel Dialogue. A film critic and commentator on culture for 20 years, he believes in the power of cinema and the power of God to start conversations about faith and culture. He is also a massive Star Wars nerd.