“Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens” doesn’t come out for more than a year, but you can get a first look this Friday when the 88-second teaser trailer is unveiled.
The trailer was announced by director J.J. Abrams on Twitter, where he promised a “TINY” peek of what he and his team are working on.
Superfans are no doubt going to boost holiday box office numbers by buying tickets to movies just to watch the trailer. And yet, what are they expecting? The details of “Episode VII” have been especially tightly held, even for an industry that carefully guards its secrets. More likely than not, the teaser will follow the usual formula, which means you’re going to get shots of action — maybe some stormtroopers; a chase scene involving space ships moving at high velocity — and then brief glimpses of characters with worried expressions. Expect to see some of the newcomers (Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o) and old favorites: the slightly more weathered Luke, Leia and Han Solo, plus the ageless R2-D2 and C-3PO. There will probably be evocative music riffing on the original score.
“Episode VII” isn’t the only trailer getting buzz this week. “Jurassic World” will air on Thursday at 9 p.m. (EST) on NBC. So at least you don’t have to leave the house. The trailer’s release is primarily being talked about because of the release of a teaser trailer — yep, a trailer for the trailer — on Sunday night.
People were analyzing the snippets with care and proclaiming that director Colin Trevorrow’s take on the fourth movie in the dinosaur franchise was too much like the first. And that’s kind of a big leap, considering that, of the 20-second trailer, about seven seconds contained actual scenes from the movie. It was just what you’d expect: shots of action — dinosaurs running alongside cars and or standing beside bubble-like transport vehicles — and then brief glimpses of characters with worried expressions. This time, though, it was Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. There was evocative music riffing on the original score.
In other words, you may not want to interrupt Thanksgiving dinner and usher everyone to the television for the Great Unveiling. The ad could be about as big a revelation as your turkey and mashed potatoes.
UPDATE: The full trailer for “Jurassic World” was released early and it’s now online. Things unfold pretty much as expected — although that shark-eating dinosaur is admittedly worth seeing.