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 ways in which Star Wars inspires creativity in its fans seems limitless. And while I know I spent countless hours staging epic battles with my Star Wars action figures when I was a kid, but the results never looked anywhere near as good as what happens when you give Malaysian photographer Zahir Batin a crate of toys, a camera, and some scenic stretches of natural wonder.
What I love most about Batin’s Star Wars photography is the sense of storytelling that seems to be present in all of his shots and the way he stages things. This one below, named “Regret,” genuinely does evoke a sense of that emotion, which is pretty damned amazing given that we’re looking at a hunk of plastic. Batin’s got a keen eye for body language, which is pretty much crucial when you’re trying to wring emotions out of something that has none.
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.
With the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer having broken the internet this past Friday, it’s safe to say that many people are more excited about Star Wars right now than they have been in years. After all the rumor and speculation in the two years since Disney purchased Lucasfilm and announced their intent to produce more Star Wars movies, the trailer finally gave us our first glimpse of what George Lucas’ universe will look like filtered through the brain of director J.J. Abrams. The trailer also suggests that the struggle between the theoretically victorious Rebel Alliance and the entrenched Imperial forces may take a lot longer to wrap up than we suspected during Return of the Jedi’s closing credits. So, if that battle is to continue, which side will you be rooting for, the Light Side or the Dark? Before you decide, maybe consider these stunning Star Wars propaganda posters by artist Russell Walks.