Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser

J.J. Abrams has finally given Star Wars fans their first glimpse at the first chapter in the new trilogy of the Star Wars Saga with an 88 second long teaser trailer for Episode VII The Force Awakens.

Watch it yourself below but here’s Five of the obvious talking points:

1. Is that Benedict Cumberbatch?

The ominous voice over bears an uncanny resemblance to the vocal charms of Sherlock and Star Trek star Benedict Cumberbatch, seemingly restoring credibility to the early suggestion that he may still play a major role in the new saga.

2. New Faces

While Luke, Han and Lea are nowhere to be seen the trailer does introduces John Boyega in a storm trooper suit, Daisy Ridley on a speeder & Oscar Isaac in an X-wing. Firmly establishing our next generation of heroes.

3. Old Ships

In just 88 seconds the trailer manages to give us Three X-wing’s, Two Tie-Fighters and one glorious hunk of junk… the Millennium Falcon. Though they might be more CGI now than plastic model kits, the return of these classic designs instantly injects the new saga with a nostalgic style that was so sadly missing from the prequels.

4. Lightsaber Broadsword

The lightsaber remains one of the most iconic elements of the Star Wars universe. Arguably Episode I’s sole redeeming feature was the invention of the double ended lightsaber,  as wielded by fan favorite Darth Maul.  Episode VII will apparently introduce the first lightsaber to have a crossguard. Turning it into more of a claymore style medivial bade. While fan’s are already fiercely debating the combat effectiveness of this subtle modification, it is at least a stylish riff on the familiar designs.

5. Is The Empire still the bad guys?

The inclusion of ominous ranks of battle ready storm troopers and Tie Fighters taking shots at a rapidly maneuvering Millennium Falcon suggests that perhaps the galactic war rages on and the Rebel Alliance may still be facing up to the might of the Evil Empire.

Episode VII in the Star Wars Saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opens in theaters December 18, 2015. Till then re-watch the trailer below endlessly while awaiting more news/footage. It is your destiny…


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