Holy Sith, that "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" trailer. What it lacks in original trilogy characters, it more than compensates with new school awesomeness. In less than a minute and a half, the first look at the new era of live-action "Star Wars" has left fandom scrambling with excitement, questions, theories and more.
Let's dig into the trailer a little bit deeper, and unpack every single awesome moment.
"There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?" We certainly have, mysterious voice belonging to who the heck knows who. Actually, many fans are already identifying the mystery man as someone who has experience with villainous roles in J.J. Abrams movies with "Star" in the title:
Is it possible that Benedict Cumberbatch is in "Star Wars" after all, despite all other information to the contrary? That voice sounds an awful lot like the artist formerly known as John "Khan" Harrison. To be continued…
Here's a rumor we can verify: John Boyega is a Stormtrooper. At least, he's wearing Stormtrooper armor. The "Attack the Block" alum was rumored to be playing one of the Empire's soldiers, and that looks to be the case. Best of all? He's not alone.
All of the Stormtroopers. Is Boyega actually in this shot? The soldier at the heart of the image looks a little short to be a Stormtrooper… and at 5'9", Boyega fits the stature.
That Other Hero
Daisy Ridley! Like Boyega, we don't know her character's name, and unlike Boyega, we don't seem to know much about her profession. She looks to be local to whatever desert planet "The Force Awakens" is set on (rumors persist it's not Tatooine), given the confidence she displays in riding her speed bike…
…which, honestly, looks kind of like a sideways tongue, or a giant eraser. It's perfectly "Star Wars."
Again! Another character we know nothing about. We don't even see this guy's face. But all we need to see are the figure's dark robes, and the red lightsaber (with cross-guard beams! That's new!) to tell us we're in deep Sith. Who could he be? Judging by the posture, our best guess is…
…Adam Driver, who was long ago rumored to be playing the film's villain. It's as good a theory as any right now.
This little robot-ball-guy is the best. We know nothing about it, but it's the best. It squeaks and speeds and wheels around like the best of the "Star Wars" droids. Even though the trailer is lacking in the familiar friends department…
…the trailer's ball-bot more than makes up for the absence of Artoo and Threepio.
Oscar Isaac cleans up good! The "Inside Llewyn Davis" actor sports a clean-shaven look as an X-Wing fighter pilot, his sunken eyes staring straight ahead at the mission at hand. What's he up to? Well, based on the folks he's flying with…
…it's either an X-Wing Convention, or a race to battle. Either way, serious business.
We don't see Luke, Han, Leia, Chewbacca, or any of our old friends in the "Force Awakens" trailer — except for the one that counts. The fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy still has moves. I mean, look at that thing go:
I believe the word you're looking for is "guhhhhhhhhh." After that, one thing is clear: December 18, 2015 can't come soon enough.