By: Dominic Jones
Everyone got very excited last week when a rumor hit the web that the second trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens would contain footage of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford, aka "The Big Three." But a new report from /Film suggests that may not be the case. /Film writer Germain Lussier wrote regarding the new report that,
"You see, the source who tipped us off to the new trailer told us something almost totally different. They said the original trilogy characters would not be featured in the marketing because Lucasfilm wants to keep their specific roles as secret as possible. Plus, with so many new characters, worlds, ships, etc. to sell people on, they don’t want to show too much familiar stuff. They want it to be Star Wars, but a new Star Wars, like the first teaser trailer. Familiar yet different.
Our source never said we wouldn’t see the characters at all. It was just strongly implied they would be in the background."
He does, however, acknowledge that plans could have changed since he last heard from his source and perhaps the idea to bring the old cast to the forefront of the next trailer is a new one. He writes,
"Could this strategy, one we heard about in late November, have changed? Could Disney have decided to put the original trilogy characters in the marketing? Like most things, the truth will most likely be found in the middle.
Let’s be honest. There’s no way the filmmakers will totally hide all of the original trilogy characters out of the marketing. To once again see Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher as those iconic characters is going to be an unforgettable moment for most Star Wars fans, this one included. But those Star Wars fans are already Star Wars fans. Think about the kids. The kids who are seeing The Force Awakens like their parents before them. Young, fresh, not quite sure what to expect. Those are the fans who Disney needs to rope in to make the billions upon billions of dollars they plan to for the next 20, 30, 40 years. And how do you do that? By showing some 70-year-old man jumping around with a blaster? Or some cool new, young heroes and villains battling it out? In most likelihood, both, because this is a movie about the passing of the torch. A movie about the new generation taking over for the old generation in a Galaxy Far, Far Away."
I have to say, I like the original strategy put forth of hiding the classic characters, for the most part, until the film comes out. We all know they're going to be in the movie, so why not focus on introducing us to the new characters? I expect that if we do see them in a trailer, and to be honest I believe that will almost certainly happen, it will be quick flashes or voice-over leading up to a quick reveal, with the majority of the focus being on Rey, Finn, Poe, and whoever else they decide to put in the trailer. It's not that I don't want to see the big three in a trailer, it's just that I would rather see Star Wars focusing on the future instead of coasting on the past and I worry that too much focus on the old characters sends the wrong message about the film. I expect we'll find out the truth about the new trailer at Celebration Anaheim, this April.
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