There’s some big rumblings in Star wars-land once again this week! Earlier in the week, Devin Faraci at Badass Digest shared a rundown of what we might see in the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens… a teaser that is allegedly being rushed to theaters sometime before the end of 2014.
Now the latest rumor is that this trailer has found a home… playing before The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, which hits the big screen on December 17th. Yes, The Hobbit is a Warner release and Star Wars is Disney, but otherwise this makes sense in a business-y sort of way… Ending one iconic film franchise with a glimpse of another one prepped to return should help build buzz for both the trailer and the Hobbit movie, and the crossover between fandoms here is, basically, undeniable.
That being said, I would have been happier to see Episode VII‘s teaser premiere with Mockingjay Part One. Hobbit may be a bigger thing in the overall pop culture consciousness, but The Hunger Games series is so, so much cooler, and honestly much more in tune with the smaller, smarter Star wars movies we all fell in love with 30+ years ago. A release with The Hobbit is safe, and will be effective, sure. But if they chose The Hunger Games, they could have still hit a guaranteed colossal audience, but one that could also align Star Wars with “cool” instead of with “epic.” As far as I’m concerned, that’s what the franchise really needs right now.
Nothing’s set in stone yet (although with Mockingjay now in theaters, I guess that’s pretty stone-ish)… for all we know The Force Awakens trailer will actually surprise and delight the three people who go to see Disney’s Into The Woods on Christmas instead?
Source: Ain’t It Cool