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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ trailer scores big on ‘MNF’


Monday, October 19, 2015, 10:27 PM

Daisy Ridley stars in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

The Force is particularly strong with this trailer.

Disney dropped the final trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the most eagerly awaited film in this or any other galaxy, at halftime of the Giants-Eagles game on Monday night.

The focus was very much on the trio of new heroes – Daisy Ridley’s scavenger Rey, John Boyega’s former Stormtrooper Finn and Oscar Isaac’s X-Wing pilot Poe Dameron – and most importantly Adam Driver’s villainous Kylo Ren.

Fans got their first chance to hear the wannabe Sith’s voice.

“I was ready to do one thing and I’ve got nothing to fight for,” Ren says to the burnt husk of Darth Vader’s helmet in a scene ripped out of Shakespeare.

More offense was on display on screen than the Giants showed on the field: Most of the minute-and-a-half clip was devoted to action sequences, including a closer look at the lightsaber battle between Finn and Kylo Ren.

But perhaps the most heartwarming shot for long-time fans was the sight of Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and long-time love Han Solo (Harrison Ford) embracing. 

Still no sight of her brother, Luke Skywalker, however. Mark Hamill’s hero from the original trilogy, though confirmed for the film, has been MIA in all of the flick’s advertising.

And Monday evening also marked fans’ first chance to buy advance tickets, a full two months before “Star Wars: the Force Awakens” hits theaters on Dec. 18.

The demand was great enough to temporarily crash online ticket broker Fandango and movie theater chain AMC Theaters’ servers.

That’s not a surprise since many industry insiders are expecting it to rival “Avatar” for the highest grossing film of all time.

Directed by J.J. Abrams, the first installment in a new trilogy, “The Force Awakens” also sees the return of other original “Star Wars” trilogy stars Anthony Daniels (C-3P0), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Kenny Baker (R2-D2). Newcomers Andy Serkis, Gwendoline Christie and Lupita Nyong’o round out the cast.

That the trailer debuted on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” is a perfect example of this planet’s corporate synergy: the network and Lucasfilm are both under the Disney corporate umbrella. 



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