Magazine article Screen International

Disney Posts Final 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer

Magazine article Screen International

Disney Posts Final 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer

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Disney used its ESPN channel to drop the final trailer of Lucasfilms' Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens during half-time on the 'Monday Night Football' show - and it's clear the tuneless merriment that signalled the end of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return Of The Jedi 32 years ago was not the final verse in the sci-fantasy saga.

Well OK we've known that forever, but putting aside the aberrations that were Episodes I, II and III, life after the cacophony in the canopy is not that straightforward.

"It was true – all of it," says Harrison Ford's Han Solo as if relating a fairy tale to a gaggle of small children. "The Dark Side. The Jedi. They're real."

"Who are you?" asks a slightly raspy female voice at the start of the clip.

"I'm no-one," replies Daisy Ridley's Rey. Incredibly humble or simply unaware of her fate? You decide.

Yep, there's soul-searching aplenty in everybody's favourite galaxy far, far away and the trailer to the first true Star Wars sequel since 1983 does a good job of whetting appetites ahead of the mid-December launch. And wreaking havoc with the websites of Fandango, AMC Theaters and others due to massive demand for advance tickets.

"I was raised to do one thing," intones John Boyega's Finn in between volcanic bouts of perspiration. 'I've got nothing to fight for." And if that sounds like a hapless IT contractor at one of the aforementioned ticketing sites fear not, because this is even more dramatic. Finn then removes his stifling Stormtrooper mask.

And talking of masks, there is a portentious one-way convo between Adam Driver's sinister Kylo Ren and an iconic piece of sci-fihardware. …

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