We are now two months to the day away from the U.S. release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the movie's massive hype machine is kicking into high gear. We've seen the convention panels, we've covered the toy launch, we've read the comics and the novels (so far), and now we're down to the wire with two very big launches: the final poster and the final trailer.
Last week, rumors surfaced that we would be getting the last full trailer for the film on Monday, possibly during the Monday Night Football broadcast on the Disney-owned ESPN. Today, Disney confirmed that news. The final trailer will indeed arrive tomorrow night during the MNF broadcast, and will likely arrive online shortly thereafter. Plus, today the glorious final poster arrived. Check it out, and then we'll talk about what some of it might mean.
Well, as with so many other Force Awakens promotional materials, the new characters are taking the spotlight here, particularly Daisy Ridley's Rey, John Boyega's Finn and Adam Driver's Kylo Ren (interestingly, Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron is even smaller than Han Solo in this image; what could that mean?). Throughout the marketing of this movie, Lucasfilm has stressed that the new trilogy of films is as much about continuing the original story as it is about a new generation of characters and fans, and that's carried on here.
Let's get to the bigger questions, though. What's the at the top right? It looks very Death Star-like, but with some interesting new design characteristics. Is this the Starkiller base we've been hearing about? Are we going to have another "We have to destroy this superweapon" story, or is this something that's going to play out in a subtler way?
And perhaps an even bigger question this poster raises: Where is Luke Skywalker? Apart from a single shot in the film's second trailer, in which a hooded figure with a robotic hand touches R2-D2, we haven't seen him. What does that mean? Is he in exile? Is he a prisoner? Did he turn to the Dark Side? These are all questions we likely won't have answers to until we see the film, but they're still fun to ask.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters Dec. 18. Look out for our coverage of the final trailer tomorrow.
UPDATE: We won't get the trailer until tomorrow night, but Lucasfilm just introduced a 15-second teaser featuring Finn and Poe. Check it out.
(Via Star Wars)