UPDATE 3! EXCLUSIVE: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer to be Released with The Hobbit on December 17.
The mystery surrounding the release of the much-anticipated teaser trailer may not be a mystery much longer!
Details after the jump…
That’s right folks, we might finally know exactly when the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser will be released. We are receiving strong hints from multiple sources that it will, in fact, accompany The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies when it is released on December 17th.
Firstly, our own Echo-07 has spoken with a local theater manager, who has indicated that the teaser for The Force Awakens will indeed be released along with the new Hobbit movie in December. The manager said they don’t get the trailer info very far in advance. It comes on a drive (all digital now). He said he didn’t think it would come in with Hunger Games: Mockingjay. He also said that companies (like Disney) aren’t allowed to “cross-promote” except for two times in a year. There are rules and regs about this apparently. However, since Hobbit comes out a year before Star Wars: The Force Awakens it could be close enough to be within these rules.
Secondly, we have this tweet from Reece Steel containing a fairly definitive quote from Tommy Gormley, the first assistant director on The Force Awakens (who recently received a BAFTA award):
UPDATE! The tweet and the whole account of the person who posted it has been deleted. Here’s a screencapture:
And as we recently reported, director Peter Jackson has visited the set of The Force Awakens during principle photography. Was this a coincidence? Who knows…
We will keep you posted with updates as we receive them, but it is beginning to look a lot like we’ll be getting our first glimpse of the new Star Wars movie along with our last cinematic visit to Middle Earth next month.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens December 17, almost exactly one year before Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
/Film has more on the upcoming TFA teaser:
Wednesday, a very credible sounding rumor began to circulate that the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be attached to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Well, we’ve heard from a very credible source that, with 100% certainty, the Star Wars 7 trailer won’t debut with Peter Jackson’s latest The Hobbit film. There’s a very strong likelihood it will play with that film but according to the source, Disney has “bigger plans” for the trailer debut than a simple attachment.
Disney having bigger plans for the trailer definitely makes sense. This could probably mean a TV debut first. Maybe with the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. mid season finale on December 9th? Disney already tried to do something similar with The Avenger: Age of Ultron teaser attaching it to the same show, but the trailer leaked online and they had to officially release it earlier.
We’re still waiting for 2 theater owners to give us feedback on the trailer. Also I’m waiting for a reply by the guy who posted the tweet yesterday and later deleted his account. We will keep you updated.
/Film has even more rumored details about the release date of TFA teaser trailer:
I have independently confirmed with good sources that the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer will be shown in a limited number of theaters during the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. I know that there will be a limited amount of theaters participating in the “preview.” I have not confirmed any more details other than that.
Also here’s another interesting story from yesterday that we first decided not to post, but now it makes more sense:
The Cantina member Darth Matt first reported yesterday a very interesting rumor posted on reddit. It’s yet another possible release date for TFA teaser trailer.
Here’s a screen capture of the actual post (the post has been deleted since). Thanks again to Darth Matt for saving it down.
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Later the same user revealed where he got his info from:
Also Drath Matt made some more digging and found out that someone else has claimed something similar earlier today:
Later another reddit member who claims to be a corporate employee of the largest chains in the US added this debunk message:
Personally I am puzzled why if Disney want to go bigger with the trailer, they would want to release it in limited amount of theaters in the US? What about the rest of the world? Obviously if they want to go bigger they have to release it first online, right?
As you can see it’s really a tricky situation. So many rumors and so many possibilities. The best thing is that no matter what, we will most likely see the teaser in the next 3 weeks.