Possibly the biggest thing that happened in the fantasy/scifi world this weekend is the release of the teaser trailer for the newest chapter in the Star Wars saga – if there was something bigger, fill me in.
Star Wars, the Force Awakens (episode 7, for those who are still counting) occurs 30 years after Return of the Jedi where the Death Star is taken out once and for all by the Rebel Alliance and Luke confronts Darth Vader and learns of his true lineage. It ends with the big party in the Ewok forest and life is good, or is it?
No real spoilers have leaked about this newest chapter but there are tons of theories floating around. Obviously there is some threat that requires the Jedi to return in force to handle it, most likely the Sith, since they are they only bad guys from the first six movies that could exist and grow stronger over the thirty year gap in the story. To face this threat the Jedi are going to need to do something to be sure they are strong enough to win.
Some of our favorite players are returning to their respective roles including: Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), and Kenny Baker (R2-D2).
This episode is both directed and written in part by the illustrious and trend setting J.J. Abrams who brought new life into the Star Trek universe with his work on the movies Star Trek and Star Trek into Darkness. Let’s hope he can do the same for the Star Wars universe as well. And hey, who doesn’t love more lens flares?
Thankfully, John Williams has been enlisted once more to create the awesome music that has always been a part of the Star Wars saga. I’d be angry if they had found someone else, although I would love to see what Hans Zimmer or James Horner would have come up with.
Here is the link, enjoy!
Official Teaser Trailer #1:
I see they upgraded R2D2, but those X-wing fighters still need a paint job.
I love that out of all the actors to come back we got both the original C3pO and R2-D2, even when out of all of them they would be the easiest to swap out. Everyone wants their piece of Star Wars action.
Biggest thing this weekend? This year!
All right. I admit it. Star Wars brings out the geek.
Geek on my friend, geek on. So glad that JJ Abrams is in on it.
JJA was on my short list before they announced the director. Naturally, everyone on the internet is outraged about it, since they are outraged about everything all the time.
It works for me, but I’m easy.
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Hearing the theme song at the end sent a chill through me. I’ve got an album from 1977 with the original soundtrack. Anyone have a record player?
Nope. But I have the John Williams CD in my car…