It was about time fans got a more intimate idea of what the upcoming JJ Abrams directed Star Wars venture is going to be all about. The fresh teaser that’s trending all over the internet has succeeded in banishing any doubts about the director’s vision thanks to a boatload of ominous close-ups,action and a certain Wookie’s cheerful squeal at the end.
The teaser kicks off with the all too familiar visual of an open desert sky, triggering an overwhelming surge of nostalgia for old Star Wars fans. There’s plenty to be liked here and plenty of new characters like Poe Dameron (the Ya-hooing pilot) to keep this from being another throwback to a glorious past. Fans are greeted with the ruins of the Star Destroyer along with an awe-inspiring voice-over by the legendary Luke Skywalker. Played by Mark Hamill, the voiceover addresses a new and unfamiliar character who is carrying the famed Skywalker legacy in his/her veins. Could it be Luke’s own son? Could it be Leia’s?
There’s plenty of imperial technology floating around to tingle your spine, with a very unsettling view of Vader’s melted mask. While the first teaser earned Abrams a stink-eye or two for messing with the traditional light saber design and giving a Stormtrooper a face, this one hits all the right notes and points at a more faithful continuation of the saga. Looks like good story telling has finally caught up with advanced CGI which means everyone’s in for a spectacular series of films.
The teaser also kicks off the “Star Wars” fan world fest held this weekend at Anaheim, California. The highly anticipated film has caused plenty of ripples out in the real world with some stupendous homages doing the rounds. Case in point: All Nippon Airways’ (ANA) R2D2 themed Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner which will prove that the droid can indeed fly, once the aircraft starts flying international routes starting this fall.
This isn’t the first time such elaborate measures have been made to display the popularity of Star Wars. Back in 2005, Red Bull Racing slathered their F1 car in Revenge of the Sith livery and had the pit crew dress up like clones. Also, team principal Christian Horner was flanked by Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper. That’s just about the most memorable moment from the soon to be forgotten prequel era. Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits the theatres this Christmas