Posted on Friday, November 6th, 2015 by Ethan Anderton
This morning, Star Wars fans were surprised like it was Christmas Day with an international trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens that was chock full of new footage from the highly anticipated sci-fi sequel. We’re not just talking about a few tiny shots here and there. The trailer has some very extensive footage that we hadn’t seen at all before.
And since we’re rabid Star Wars fans here at /Film, we just can’t help but do a breakdown of all the new footage in The Force Awakens international trailer to see if it offers any hints as to what we can expect in the movie.
Since there are some repeat shots from the final US trailer for The Force Awakens, we’re mostly going to focus on the new footage, with the exception of two key shots, mostly because of the importance of the voiceover in them. But we’ll get to that later.
Here’s a new shot of Rey standing outside of one of the crashed Star Destroyers, showing the sheer size of the vehicles. I wonder what she’s scavenging from the wreckage. What is she looking for? Is she just selling whatever she can salvage? We know her goggles are made from an old Stormtrooper helmet and have heard she’s living in wrecked AT-AT, so she’s clearly good at recycling old things, but we’ve heard that she also trades parts for water.
A gorgeous sunset shot reminiscent of those we saw on Tatooine in the first Star Wars (complete with moisture vaporators and maybe Jawas), perhaps hinting that Rey’s journey will be similar to that of Luke Skywalker’s. Everything we’ve seen so far and the little hints of the story we’ve gathered seem to indicate that very similarity.
This looks to be Rey and BB-8’s meet cute for The Force Awakens. We’ve seen a photo of Rey freeing the little ball droid from the net of a scavenger on Jakku riding a new creature called a Luggabeast, and I imagine this is the first time they meet. We get some new dialogue from Rey (and I think most of us were surprised to learn had a British accent, since it was undetectable in the brief lines she had in the final US trailer).
Anyway, the lines here are also pretty revealing about Rey’s character. She asks BB-8, “Where do you come from?” And he makes the cutest droid sounds, presumably something about waiting for someone. Rey responds, “I know all about waiting…for my family.” Was Rey left behind on Jakku and told her family would come back for her? Who are her parents?
Finn and Rey follow BB-8 rushing out of this little market, and they see the First Order arriving, likely to track down the droid, a plot point not dissimilar from what happens in A New Hope.
BB-8 looks on at at the sunset (or is it the sunrise?), which is made a little less beautiful this time by…
A slew of First Order TIE Fighters, riding into town like bandits in the old west. There seems to be seven of them, which feels a bit excessive, but better safe than sorry I suppose. This may actually be the morning instead of dusk because we’ve seen shots of what happens when the TIE Fighters attack, sending Finn, Rey and BB-8 running from a big explosion.