Monday, October 19, 2015

First Full STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer Debuts

Are you sold yet?  I know I am.

As movie tickets site Fandango blew up like Alderaan from Star Wars fans scrambling to buy tickets for J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the Force was strong for those who sat through a sloppy first half of ESPN's Monday Night Football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants.

The first full trailer for the film, a glorious two minutes and twenty seconds, debuted during halftime, finally giving us our first glimpse at the storyline.

It opens with Daisy Ridley as Rey, covered in wrappings and protective gear on the desert planet of Jakku.  She appears to be exploring the wreckage of a downed starship, swinging downward on a long rope into the bowels of the ship.

"Who are you?" a female voice asks as we see Rey and her droid BB-8 walking across the desert, feeling very reminiscent of a young Luke Skywalker on Tattooine.  "I'm no one," Rey replies as we see her watching a spaceship leave orbit, and see her apparently longing for something more than the life she currently leads.

We then see the new First Order, followed by John Boyega as a stormtrooper named Finn, removing his helmet.  "I was raised to do one thing," he says, "but I've got nothing to fight for."

The scene shifts to Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, a dark warrior strong with the Force and originally a member of the Knights of Ren, now a commander of the First Order.  "Nothing will stand in our way," he begins with an electronically distorted voice, looking down at the battered helmet of Darth Vader.  "I will finish what you started."

We then get Rey talking to Harrison Ford as Han Solo aboard the Millennium Falcon. "There were stories about what happened," she remarks as Finn looks on.

"It's true," Han replies.  "All of it.  The Dark Side...The Jedi...They're real."

We see Finn joining up with a Resistance X-Wing group along with Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, followed by glimpses of Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Han and Chewbacca being captured along with Finn, Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa resting her head on Han's chest, and Finn having a lightsaber duel with Kylo Ren.

"The Force," says the female voice from earlier, "it's calling to you.  Just let it in."

Okay, here's the trailer, thanks to the official Star Wars account on YouTube...Enjoy!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
arrives in theaters on December 18, 2015.

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