New Poster for The Force Awakens, New Trailer Airs Today!

Posted by at 12:22 am on October 19, 2015

After six months of waiting, Star Wars fans will finally get a new glimpse into The Force Awakens when the first full trailer hits Monday on ESPN during Monday Night Football.

Look for it at halftime during the game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia, which starts at 8:15 p.m. ET/5:15 p.m. PT. A Spanish-language trailer will be shown at the same time on ESPN Deportes. After the trailer hits, advance tickets will go on sale for the Dec. 18 movie.

Along with the announcement, Lucasfilm released the film’s one-sheet poster Sunday, which will replace the simple title logo currently hanging in most movie theater lobbies.

The new poster offers us something both new and ominous – the background of what looks to be an entire planet or moon, but … that’s no moon. It’s split in two and appears to be a massive weapon along the lines of the Death Star. Could this be The First Order’s Starkiller base?

There’s another newcomer who figures prominently enough in the story to earn a spot on the poster, albeit a small one: the tiny, alien creature in goggles between BB-8 and R2-D2. There was no explanation given by Lucasfilm about this being’s identity, but smart money says that is Lupita Nyong’o’s space pirate Maz Kanata.

We also see Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia for the first time apart from making-of footage, peeking out from behind Harrison Ford’s Han Solo. The sidebun hairstyle is long gone, but she’s sporting a galactic updo and a worried expression.

The one who’s missing: Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker. We know he’s in the movie, so his absence from the poster is significant. The characters we see may also be hoping they can lay eyes again on the Tatooine farmboy-turned-last-surviving-Jedi.

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