Star Wars The Force Awakens

The number one question fans have been asking over the past few weeks is when we’ll see a trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That mystery may have now have an answer. One site has heard multiple reports, including one from the film’s assistant director, that it’ll be released with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which opens December 17. That would give Star Wars three straight December events on the same weekend from 2014-2016.

Star Wars 7 News broke the news. The site reports from a theater owner who was told The Force Awakens trailer would come out with The Hobbit, as well as another fan who spoke to Thomas Gormley, the film’s first assistant director and frequent J.J. Abrams collaborator:

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Now here’s the weird problem with this tweet. Minutes after Star Wars 7 News embedded it in their story, not only was it deleted, the entire account was deleted. A cached version of the page reveals the user had been on Twitter since March of 2012, had 196 followers and almost 4000 tweets. So it wasn’t some recent plant.

Another problem: would first assistant director Gormley, whose job pretty much ends once production is done, really know about the film’s marketing? In most cases, probably not. Considering that he’s been J.J. Abrams’ AD for multiple films, and Abrams recently made a video for him at an awards presentation, it’s obvious the two are close. It’s very conceivable he’d know.

We’ve put in requests with both Disney and Lucasfilm for confirmation, but have not heard back as of press time.

If The Force Awakens trailer is indeed on The Battle of the Five Armies, it makes a lot of sense. First up, it’s one year from the release of the film and two years from the release of the spin-off film. It would give Star Wars a nice, big, holiday presence just like they plan on having for the next several years. An early way to let fans know, we are December movies.

We also know Peter Jackson visited the set of J.J. Abrams’ film, so the two know each other and are surely friends. Plus, The Hobbit is the biggest adventure/family movie coming out in this time. While it won’t help boost the numbers of another Disney property – Into the Woods – this would surely generate the most excitement, in theater cheering and all that fun stuff.

The placement of this trailer has been a big topic of conversation here on the site and among friends out in the world. If this is true, and it certainly seems like it is, it sounds like a huge win-win for Warner Bros., Disney and fans everywhere. No Meet Joe Black this time!

Do you think the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer will be in front of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies?

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