Star Wars Force Awakens

The official teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens on Black Friday made its debut on iTunes. Lucas film yesterday tweeted that the trailer will hit iTunes after initially saying that it would only be shown in 30 movie theaters across the U.S. Disney in October 2012 acquired Lucasfilm in a transaction valued at a whopping $4 billion.

The acquisition brought Lucasfilm under Disney’s fold and gave the Mickey Mouse house rights to further develop the Star Wars franchise and film new movies in the series in co-operation with George Lucas. The trailer has also hit YouTube and we’ve embedded it for your viewing pleasure right after the break.

The upcoming movie was directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay he co-wrote with Lawrence Kasdan, co-writer of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Set thirty years after the events in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, which was released back in 1983, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is a continuation of the saga created by George Lucas.

Check out the teaser trailer now.

To stream the trailer from iTunes, follow this link.

Scheduled for release on December 18, 2015, the movie is being produced by Walt Disney Pictures, Lucasfilm and Bad Robot Productions and will be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

To learn more about the movie, check out iMDB and Wikipedia or visit the official Star Wars channel on YouTube.

By the way, director Rian Johnson in August confirmed that he was tapped to direct Star Wars Episode VIII. He’s also writing a treatment for Star Wars Episode IX. Like Episode VII, filming for Episode VIII will take place in London.

The fact that such a high-profile trailer hit iTunes first is hardly a surprise given Apple’s clout and brand power and the ongoing partnership between Apple and the Mickey Mouse house.

Apple’s late CEO Steve Jobs back in 2006 sold his animation studio, Pixar, to Disney for $7.4 billion, making him Disney’s largest individual shareholder. Disney was first among major Hollywood studios to make its movies available for purchase and rent on iTunes.

Are you looking forward to The Force Awakens or is Disney going to ruin the franchise, do you think?

  • Burge

    What do I think… WOOHOO.

  • It’s exactly how I thought it would be, a train wreck. Cgi looks horrible, sound effects are borrowed no new ground, flaming light saber is a joke and the falcon scene is all hype and doesn’t deliver because even that cgi looks bad. Disney has once again messed up a good thing, I don’t plan on seeing any of these films. Looks just like lord of the rings meets star trek.

    • I don’t care for Star Wars but the CGI looked just fine, they promised more practical effects which gives the original star wars movies it’s charm, don’t see that in this teaser though. While I could join you on the critique train, just like any other sci-fi movie, it’ll suck anyway so I can’t care either way. But they’re going to make a f-load of moolah wether or not you watch it. (Which is a sad thing really)

  • Xee

    December 2015…. Aww!

  • TwinSon

    Not a star wars fan but I’m still gonna see it. 2015-2020 is going to be exciting times in cinema. 21 different Marvel/DC movies to look forward to!

  • Agru

    Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes

  • Michael

    Not a fan of the CGI at all. I agree 100% with Tony besides the fact that I will see it. Although I’m excited to see it, my expectations are not too high for it.

    • Got to agree with you on that, it feels like that 2nd trilogy they did that was terrible IMO. This might be a tad bit better, but it’s not going to be something I’d watch more than once.

  • jack

    I hope disney wont hide gore

    • jakeopp

      yes, because gore adds so much to a film…

      • Dani Hayes

        It makes it more realistic. So yes it does add so much more.

      • jakeopp

        The whole concept of star wars isn’t realistic lol

        Star Wars is considered by many to be geared towards kids, with the exception of maybe Episode III, and this is disney we are talking about. So, I wouldn’t get my hopes up.

      • Dani Hayes

        Star Wars wasn’t geared toward kids originally. A lot of Star Wars is supposed to appeal to young adults with all of the books and games. Only a small faction of Star Wars is geared toward kids.

  • “A whopping $4billion”? I wouldn’t exactly call $4billion “whopping” considering this is the studio behind something as huge as Star Wars, especially since WhatsApp sold for $3.6billion.

  • OH EM GEE!!!!!!!!!

  • Tommy Gumbs

    Sad attempt to get views. 🙁

  • Looking forward to the sequel, I like most action-packed and adventurous movies…science fiction or not.

  • So can someone explain why you can’t buy the Star Wars movies on iTunes?