When the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens showed up online the day after Thanksgiving, it wasted no time becoming the most watched movie trailer of all time, racking up more than 58 million views in five days. Fans have spent the following hours dissecting every last frame, trying to squeeze out as much knowledge as we possibly can from 88 seconds worth of footage. One point that has inspired perhaps the most debate or outrage is that fancy new cross lightsaber. (I guessed the cute ball-rolling robot would inspire the most hate, and it has generated a great deal of ire, but the lightsaber seems to have topped it.) This particular element does have supporters, however, and one of them is Stephen Colbert, who took to his Colbert Report to stand up for the little guy. In this case, the little guy is the much-maligned Jedi weapon. Check out the video for yourself below.
You guys have been watching the Star Wars: Force Awakens trailer, haven’t you? And we don’t mean you watched it once or twice, no, that thing has been on repeat since it dropped, hasn’t it? You read an article then watch the trailer, come home from work then watch the trailer, eat dinner then watch the trailer. Something like that, right? This rampant interest has made this the most watched movie trailer of all time, and it’s a good thing you like it and that it has your attention, because it may be a while until we get another look at the film.
The Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer racked up 58.2 million views in the first five days, 40 million of those within 72 hours. To put that in perspective, the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer broke records with 50.6 million views in the same period, while Jurassic World topped that with 53 million. So just in case there was any shred of doubt about whether or not there is any public interest in new Star Wars movies, that admittedly nonexistent debate has been put to bed.
After the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer blew a hole in the Internet last week, one of the biggest mysteries centered on exactly who was providing that creepy voiceover, going on about an awakening of both the Dark Side and the Light. Many thought the voice sounded like Benedict Cumberbatch, who had obviously worked with Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams before. But HitFix soon reported that the voice instead belonged to mo-cap master Andy Serkis, and Serkis soon confirmed it was indeed him. Scuttlebutt said that he would have a small but important role in Force Awakens, but now a new rumor suggests we may get twice as much Serkis as we were expecting.
Potential spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens below!
The internet collectively lost its shit Friday morning when the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer arrived bright and early. But in addition to all the people dissecting and analyzing every frame of the trailer, there was an equal phalanx of people who decided to riff on it in all manner of creative ways. We’ve already shared several of them with you, but now we’ve got not one, but two videos that filter all that sweet, sweet Star Wars action into the form of…Legos. Here’s the first, put together by YouTuber Snooperking.
If there’s one thing that was as much a sure thing as the Star Wars: The Force Awakens breaking the internet yesterday, it’s that there would be fans riffing on it within minutes of it hitting the interwebs. Star Wars is one of those massive pop culture phenomenons that seems to inspire endless creativity in those who love it, with the results ranging from fan films to cosplay to, well, just about anything you can think of. One of the first waves of creativity birthed by the Force Awakens trailer is an array of excellent artwork, much of it in the form of poster art that’s as good as anything Hollywood puts out. I know I’d clear a space on my wall for this one, which was created by Legion of Potatoes on Tumblr. Because there’s no way one single potato could create something this epic.
There was almost no dialogue in yesterday’s first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. It was very much a teaser, a mood piece that mixed a first look at the film’s cast with some gorgeous imagery and a brand-new bit of John Williams score. But helping to set that mood was a short but effective bit of voiceover narration. An ominous voice declared, “There has been an awakening. Have you felt it? The Dark Side…and the Light.” It was creepy as hell, but it also posed a mystery: just who was it that was speaking, both in terms of the actor and the character? Well, now we may have an answer…about the first part, at least. Here’s the trailer so you can hear the voice in question again.