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“Hope was not lost today. It was found”.

-Maz Kanata

Well this was certainly unexpected.

If you’re just hitting the internets for the first time today, you might be finding links to the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. Yeah, we were told that we weren’t getting any new trailers and I think everyone believed that, but here we go again with new footage to digest. This trailer still doesn’t reveal a lot about the plot, so I’m calling it another teaser on steroids, but this time we’re treated to a lot more dialogue from Rey and Maz Kanata, as well as Rey with BB8. We learn that Rey has been “waiting for her family”, whoever they are, and that her name is in fact Rey (some thought that was a ruse). If you haven’t figured it out yet, this trailer makes it crystal clear that Rey is indeed the film’s main protagonist, which probably means she’s the trilogy’s main protagonist.

We are blitzed with amazing visuals and new music and it again reinforces that this franchise is in the right hands. They’ve also made it clear that this film will mirror A New Hope in many ways, including Maz’ reference to hope being found, and not to mention visuals like this:

Look familiar?

This should look familiar to Star Wars fans

Want more great shots?

This kind of shot has never been seen in Star Wars; very reminiscent of old classic war movies.

This kind of shot has never been seen in Star Wars; very reminiscent of old classic war movies.

BB-8 bolts. Another wonderful shot.

BB-8 flees with precious cargo. Another wonderful shot.

We've never quite seen X-Wings like this, either.

We’ve never quite seen X-Wings like this, either.

Shots of the downed Star Destroyer on Jakku never get old.

Shots of the downed Star Destroyer on Jakku never get old.

It still needs to be confirmed whether or not the music we hear in the trailer is new stuff from John Williams or re-arranged stuff done by somebody else, but it certainly feels closer to Williams’ style than the last trailer does.

Oh, and still no Luke Skywalker. Sorry to all those who still think he plays a prominent role in the film.

41 days to go. 40 if you’re seeing it on December 17th. And just 37 if you fly Air France on December 14th.

And if you’re Daniel Fleetwood, this is all old news to you. Congrats on having your wish granted, and major props to Disney/Lucasfilm for making it happen.

What did you think of the new trailer? Have your say below, or let me know @tumblingsaber.

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