Star Wars 7 trailer coming soon: what will it contain?
Insiders say the official trailer for Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens will be in cinemas before Christmas
The official Star Wars 7 trailer will be screened within the next five weeks, reports suggest, provoking excitement and speculation among fans of the films.
Some online forums have suggested that the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens could be timed to coincide with the latest Hunger Games film, Mockingjay Part 1, but others say it is more likely that it will feature alongside a Disney film.
So how will the Star Wars 7 trailer look? Film blogger Devin Faraci says "reliable insiders" have told him that the trailer will be no more than a minute long, and will feature flashing images of the main characters backed by the force theme played on woodwind instruments.
The music will swell as a full orchestra joins the original instrument and will build towards a soft female voice, possibly that of Daisy Ridley, saying: "wake up".
The short will end with the familiar yellow Star Wars logo and the new film's title, followed by a flash of the Millennium Falcon, firing its weapons, flying straight at the camera, Faraci says.
A Star Wars fan site today claimed that a short animated GIF of the Millennium Falcon could be the first footage from the upcoming film. It was first spotted and uploaded by Making Star Wars, but the site's editors didn't say where it came from or how they got it.
Meredith Woerner from entertainment news site io9 expressed doubts over the footage: "The lens flare feels almost too obvious and the CG looks a little 'meh,' so we're leaning towards no, but it would be cool if it was the real deal," Woerner said. " Then again, again, as Making Star Wars points out, the creators of this mysterious footage did get the radar replacement dish right. So these people know their sh**. And we can't really judge FX on a tiny little GIF."
Disney has not confirmed the rumours, and no details about the forthcoming trailer have been announced on the official Star Wars website.
Star Wars 7 fan posters depict violent twist
In the absence of any official Star Wars 7 posters from Disney and Lucasfilm, fans of the series have stepped into the breach with stunning, high-quality artwork for the upcoming film.
No official plot details have been released, leaving fans to speculate on the possible directions the space saga may take.
Many of the fan-made posters imagine that the Empire may again strike back, disrupting the peace established by the rebel alliance.
Some put popular bounty hunter Boba Fett front and centre. Others seem to hint at a new villain to replace Darth Vader.
Below is a collection of some of the best posters, retweeted by fans around the world.
— Donversal (@Donversal) September 14, 2014
— Y108 Rocks (@Y108Rocks) September 6, 2014
— JJ on Flow93.5 (@torontojj) September 25, 2014
— Ed Torres (@ed_pool) August 27, 2014
— The Daily SuperHero (@DailySuperHero) June 24, 2014
— Daniel Dutson (@DanielDutson) April 29, 2014
— Phillip Pearson (@philthethrill89) February 28, 2014
— Matt (@NEPatsFan2969) March 25, 2014
Star Wars 7: leaked concept art reveals new clues
For a film production subject to so many non-disclosure agreements, Star Wars Episode 7 has had its fair share of leaks, but the latest one seems to reveal more about the hotly anticipated forthcoming film than the rest put together.
Unverified concept art hints at new villains, exotic locations including desert and ice planets, and a large number of new heroes and vehicles.
A source from popular rumour site Star Wars Underworld claims the images are legitimate, but nothing has been officially confirmed.
One of the pictures seems to resemble the Greenham Common set, which was caught on film by a fan piloting a drone. The aerial footage shows the Millennium Falcon and two partially built X-wing fighters, the Daily Telegraph reports.
There is also an image of a cyborg holding Darth Vader's helmet. MoviesWeb speculates that the image may actually be a future incarnation of Luke Skywalker.
One picture seems to depict Daisy Ridley's character (rumoured to be named Kira) wielding a light-saber. The image "sheds new light on the character's relationship with Max von Sydow's character, who is said to be an older cyborg who recognises the light-saber Kira finds and helps propel the story forward," MoviesWeb says.
— Cyrus (@CyFi444) October 16, 2014
On Tuesday a new concept picture came to light depicting a cyborg-like villain holding an unusual new light-saber that features the weapon's traditional blade as well as two short guards above the handle.
Has the Star Wars villain been revealed? pic.twitter.com/2RiewiNL1p
— Sideshow Raheem (@SomeLikeItKrump) October 29, 2014
According to Star Wars Underworld, the leaked images were initially received with scepticism, but slowly "different independent sources have come out and confirmed that this art is indeed legit".
One of the website's regular sources, Jay Carlson of Indie Revolver, also confirmed the legitimacy of the new villain: "I respect their hesitation to claim any authenticity related to the image – it’s nice to see some restraint with Star Wars news on the internet. However, I can confirm that not only is this legitimate production art but that this particular concept made its way through pre-production and into the film. This character and his light-broadsword have filmed scenes in England", Carlson said.
Below are some of the images retweeted by Star Wars enthusiasts around the world.
— ScreenRelish (@ScreenRelish) October 15, 2014
— Superhero Report (@SuperheroReport) October 15, 2014
— will mccrabb (@mccrabb_will) September 29, 2014
— Ms. ausretrogamer (@msausretrogamer) October 16, 2014
— JoBlo.com (@joblocom) October 17, 2014
Star Wars 7: filming to finish in three weeks
The filming of Star Wars Episode 7 is just three weeks from completion, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has revealed.
Once the cameras have stopped rolling the film will go into post-production. The footage will be edited, and special effects, sound and the score added ahead of a scheduled release in December 2015.
Kennedy made the announcement last week at the opening of the Industrial Light and Magic studios in London - its first studio in the UK – where the sci-fi blockbuster will take shape.
The film production company was originally set up by Star Wars Creator George Lucas in 1975 to "pioneer groundbreaking special effects", The Guardian says. It was purchased as part of Disney's £2.4bn takeover of Lucasfilm in 2012.
The announcement is good news for Star Wars fans anxious for the film to stay on track for release next year after filming was suspended for two weeks in July when Harrison Ford was injured on the set. According to reports at the time, Ford's accident occurred when a spacecraft door on the Millennium Falcon fell and broke his leg.
The opening of the new studio "continues a long tradition of Star Wars movies being made in London", Kennedy said. "It goes back to 1976, and to know that we are now coming back and we will be making the movies once again based out of Pinewood, and now we're looking to put together this studio, it's rather remarkable that this has all come together in less than two years," she said.
Given the enormous interest in the production, it is "incredible that the crew has managed to keep its plot (mostly) under wraps", The Independent says. However, there have been unconfirmed plot leaks that suggest the story will begin with new comers John Boyega and Daisy Ridley's characters discovering Luke Skywalker's severed hand from The Empire Strikes Back and going on a quest to find the old Jedi master.
Last week, original Star Wars actor Warwick Davis revealed in a tweet that he will return for the new film.
— Warwick Davis (@WarwickADavis) October 16, 2014
Other cast members returning for the sequel include Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Kenny Baker and Peter Mayhew.
Star Wars Episode 7 is set for release on 18 December, 2015.