New Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser brings fans back ‘home’

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This is how a Star Wars flick should look. Photo: Lucasfilm
This is how a Star Wars flick should look. Photo: Lucasfilm

“The Force is strong in my family,” says Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker voices over this second teaser trailer for the hotly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie that will hit the big screen this coming December. “My father has it, I have it, my sister has it. You have that power, too.”

That’s how the nerdgasmic second trailer begins, and then slams into some seriously amazing scenes from the upcoming film, including a massive, crashed Star Destroyer, close ups of new stars Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, and Daisy Ridley, and a brilliant moment of fan service with everyone’s favorite smuggler and his humongous furry sidekick.

“Chewie,” says Han Solo, “We’re home.”

This is, indeed, Star Wars. The sets are real, the script by Kasdan, the effects are practical, and JJ Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy are proper stewards of this amazing legacy. There are fresh-faced actors getting to flesh out the hero’s journey, and we’re excited to see men of color and a woman in the title roles. Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker return, as does composer John Williams.

The trailer does fans justice, taking us back to the Skywalker group, with an admission that his sister (Leia) is strong with the Force, with the Millennium Falcon speeding through tight spaces, with a desert planet (called Jakku, not Tattooine), and any number of cool Star Wars images like the more streamlined Storm Troopers, the rolling ball droid BB8, and the coolest-looking bad guys ever in TIE Fighters. Plus, if you look carefully, you’ll see a couple of shots with the Jony Ive-inspired “spitty” light saber.

Revealed today by Abrams and Kennedy at a live-streamed Star Wars event in Anaheim, California, The Force Awakens continues to excite and thrill. Our faith in the Force–and the possibility of a good modern Star Wars film–has been restored.