The force will be with you... Always1 of 12
Kicking off this year's Star Wars Celebration, a new trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens has made its way online. And it's a doozy.
There's so much eye-candy for fans of the original trilogy, from shots that homage classic moments in earlier films, to updated looks for many classic elements, that it's almost impossible to take it all in in one viewing.
Fortunately, Newsarama's got you covered. As we often do for new trailers, we've picked out ten things worth noticing in the new Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens trailer.
Han & Chewie2 of 12
There's no missing Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew reprising their roles as Han Solo and Chewbacca in this new trailer.
Han's exclamation, "Chewie, We're home," seems to indicate that the pair will find themselves back on the Millennium Falcon. And while Solo has certainly gained in years, Chewbacca shows no gray at all.
And why does Chewie have his weapon at the ready? Do they not know what, or who, they're going to find on the Falcon?
New Ships3 of 12
Many new ships are seen in this trailer, including updated versions of the X-Wing, the TIE Fighter, and even an Imperial Shuttle and Star Destroyer.
This goes along with updated looks for the Rebel and Imperial pilots, and fits nicely with the theme of the old generation making way for the new. It's especially visible in shots of Jakku, the junkyard planet where many of the old versions of the ships lie in ruins.
Chrome Stormtrooper4 of 12
Along with the new, slightly updated Stormtroopers seen in the trailer, there's also a dark, shiny armored trooper seen in several shots, including this one seen with the Death Star-ish wall treatment in the background.
This chrome-plated Stormtrooper appears to have a cape, probably indicating some kind of rank or special status.
Rey and Finn5 of 12
Rey and Finn seem to start out on separate paths, only to be thrown together as a result of their travails.
In one scene, we see Rey reaching out to offer Finn a helping hand, and in another, the pair, along with new droid BB-8 - created with practical effects, and not CGI - run from a TIE Fighter hot on their trail.
New Empire, or something else?6 of 12
In this shot of the assembled Stormtroopers, a new banner featuring red and black heraldry is seen. Could this be the symbol of the new Empire, or something else entirely?
It also appears to occur on a mountainous, snowy planet. Could this be the same from the final seconds of the first trailer?
Jakku7 of 12The junkyard planet Jakku is front and center in the new trailer, as Daisy Ridley's Rey speeds around the wreckage of Imperial and Rebel ships. In a shot that evokes several classic scenes from A New Hope, we see a speeder in the distance, as the husk of a massive Star Destroyer slowly becomes obvious in size.
What secrets lie in the wreckage scattered around Jakku? It seems as though the impetus for this new story is found there - fitting, that a young character would be plucked from obscurity to find greatness, as with the original and prequel trilogies.
Luke Skywalker8 of 12
Luke Skywalker is all over this trailer, even if his presence is not immediately obvious.
While we never see his face - or his sister Leia's, for that matter - we do hear his voice as he delivers a monologue about his family's ties to the force; a monologue lifted straight from Return of the Jedi.
We also catch a glimpse of a figure that could be Skywalker laying a cybernetic hand on R2D2 in an environment that somewhat resembles Mustafar, the planet where his father became Darth Vader.
Vader's Lightsaber9 of 12
While it's hard to tell which two characters are making the exchange, a lightsaber that looks an awful lot like Darth Vader's famous weapon changes hands in this trailer.
The fate of Vader's lightsaber is unclear at the end of Return of the Jedi, leaving it entirely possible that the lightsaber seen in this part of the trailer is indeed the Sith lord's old blade.
Kylo Ren10 of 12
This trailer also finally gives us our first full glimpse of the villainous Kylo Ren's mask, and shows him in a snowy environment similar to the one in which he was first seen in the previous trailer.
But if Kylo Ren is a Sith - and his red lightsaber would strongly indicate that he is - why isn't he named Darth? Could the lack of a "Darth" title indicate that he's following a different path of the dark side?
Vader's Helmet11 of 12
Like his son Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader is all over this trailer. Not only does his lightsaber appear in one scene, but his helmet also shows up, mangled and burned as if recovered from his funeral pyre, and situated on a black column.
The theme of The Force Awakens very much seems to be the passing of the torch from one generation to the next, with new Jedi, new Sith, and possibly a new Empire. Vader's presence - even as a memory - indicates that his influence will still be felt in this new film.
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