Monday, October 19, 2015

'Force Awakens" Poster Revealed

Force Awakens
There are only two months to go until "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" opens in theater. As expected, the Disney marketing machine also blasted into hyperdrive by releasing the the official “payoff” poster for Episode VII. The final trailer will also be unveiled on national TV during ESPN’s Monday Night Football game.

However, the questions that many fans are asking are: Where are the Solo children? How about the Ben Skywalker, the son of Jedi Master Mara Jade Skywalker and legendary Rebel hero and Jedi Grand Master Luke Skywalker? When will the fans see them?

The new poster features a montage of moments everyone have seen before: New heroes Rey, Finn (holding Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber), Poe Dameron in pilot gear, and BB-8; their adversaries in the First Order, the blade-wielding Kylo Ren, the chromed-out Captain Phasma, scads of stormtroopers; and returning Star Wars icons Han Solo, Chewbacca, red-armed C-3PO, and R2-D2.

The poster also features our first look at Carrie Fisher back as Princess Leia, modeling the latest in a long line of distinctive hairdos, that looks like a cross between Pebbles Flintstone and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Tucked away among the droids is the bug-eyed scavenger Teedo, a denizen of Jakku who interacts with Rey and BB-8 (and might be played by Simon Pegg). And, up in the right quadrant, amid the battling X-wings, TIE fighters, and Star Destroyers is the most tantalizing new detail: a planet-shaped weapon that appears to be the latest evolution in Death Star tech.

Fans have about 36 hours to pore over the poster for clues. Then on 19 October, the first full-length trailer will debut at halftime of the New York Giants-Philadelphia Eagles showdown. The game, to be broadcast on ESPN (like Lucasfilm, part of the Disney-ABC family), begins at 8:15 ET, meaning the trailer will likely hit between 9:30 and 10 P.M.

But wait, there’s more! Following the trailer debut, a limited number of Force Awakens tickets will go on sale at theaters nationwide, for showtimes beginning on 17 December at 7 P.M. and ending on 3 January. If that’s still not enough Star Wars for you, an all-day, seven-film marathon of all the movies (including the original and prequel trilogies) will begin at select theater chains on 4 A.M. on 17 December, and continue through the 7:00 P.M. premiere of "The Force Awakens."

In the past year, Disney has released only two teaser trailers for "Star Wars:The Force Awakens." The first, released last November, was an 88-second spot that introduced new cast members John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Daisy Ridley, along with BB-8 and the controversial cross-guard lightsaber.

The second teaser, which debuted online in April during Star Wars Celebration, showed tantalizing glimpses of R2-D2, Darth Vader’s mask, new villains Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), and of course, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca on the Millennium Falcon.

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