In December 2015, Star Wars will be gracing the big screen for the first time in ten years – can you believe it has been that long? When we last left theaters after watching Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, things looked pretty bleak – the Empire was alive, most of the Jedi were dead (along with about 80 percent of the other characters), and twin newborns were still years away from being a new hope for the galaxy. But picking up after the much happier Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (the last of the original trilogy in 1983 – keep up!), Episode VII: The Force Awakens will hopefully be an excellent new addition to the saga.
While plot details of J.J. Abrams’ take on the space epic have been kept under wraps, the newly released teaser has given us a few tidbits we can look forward to (and freak out about, obviously). Here are five things we learned from the trailer:
The Millennium freakin’ Falcon is back, and so is John Williams’ iconic score.
We couldn’t save the best for last, or we’d die of overexcitement. So here you go – the best part of the trailer first. Indeed, seeing the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy fly again is chill-inducing.
That’s one scary (if not a bit unwieldy) looking lightsaber…
…which is, of course, fit for a Sith. Last we saw, Luke Skywalker defeated the remaining Sith (and always two there are, according to Yoda), but seeing that red blade again indicates that the Sith have reawakened, if you will.
Oscar Isaac is piloting an X-Wing.
Which is pretty different from carrying around a cat and just generally acting folksy like he did in Inside Llewyn Davis, but he’s a good actor, so I’m sure he’ll do just fine. Side note: if that shot of the X-Wings flying over the lake are any indication, this film will be beautiful.
There’s a mighty cute droid on the loose.
That’s a girly observation, sorry. But the little guy who looks to be rolling around Tatooine (or some other uber-sandy planet) does give R2-D2 a run for his money, don’t you think?
Seeing that logo with the stars as its backdrop never gets old.
We were able to see sneak peeks of new stars Daisy Ridley and John Boyega in action. We listened to an ominous voiceover tell us about the Force. We saw Stormtroopers. It was all pretty wonderful. But nothing beats seeing that gorgeous Star Wars logo being put to good use and feeling like a kid again.
Next year will be the year Star Wars reins supreme once more. Get ready for side-buns and blasters galore. It’s gonna be awesome.