Leftover turkey, dressing and Black Friday sales weren’t the only things to be thankful for on Friday.
The first trailer for “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” was released online on YouTube Friday morning to anxiously fans and the 88-second teaser trailer whet appetites all over the world.
This will be the seventh film in the “Star Wars” saga and is slated for a December 18, 2015 release. J.J. Abrams (who recently directed the reboot of the “Star Trek” film series) is directing the film from a script he co-wrote with the co-writer of “Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back” and “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi”, Lawrence Kasdan. The film is being produced by Lucasfilm, Bad Robot Productions and Walt Disney Pictures.
According to StarWars.com, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker, members of the original three movies, will be reprising their respective roles as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, C-3PO, Chewbacca and R2-D2. They will be joined by a new cast of actors, including John Boyega (“Attack the Block”), Daisy Ridley (“Lifesaver”), Adam Driver (HBO’s “Girls”) and Oscar Isaac (who has also been cast as the villain Apocalypse in the upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse”). Andy Serkis (who is best known for his performance capture roles as Gollum in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, King Kong in the 2005 remake, Caesar in the 2011 and 2014 “Planet of the Apes” films and Captain Haddock in “The Adventures of Tintin”), Domhnall Gleeson (who played Bill Weasley in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, Part 1 and Part 2), Max von Sydow (who played Father Merrin in “The Exorcist” and the knight Antonius Block in “The Seventh Seal”), Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”, “Non-Stop”), Gwendoline Christie (best known as Brienne of Tarth in HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), Warwick Davis (who played Weazel and Wald in “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” and Wicket the Ewok in “Return of the Jedi”) and Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd will also star.
The website also said the new film will be set 30 years after the “Return of the Jedi” and follows a trio of young actors playing new characters.
John Williams will once again score the film and principal photography was finished on November 3.
Although Abrams directed and co-wrote this film, he will not be performing those jobs on “Star Wars Episode VIII”, according to Deadline.com. That task has been assigned to Rian Johnson (who wrote and directed “The Brothers Bloom” and “Looper”.) It has also been confirmed that Johnson will write a treatment for “Star Wars Episode IX”.