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There will be no new Star Wars: The Force Awakens footage debuting at D23

08.11.2015

So much for the debut of new footage from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS at the upcoming D23 Expo. Director J.J. Abrams has completely put the kibosh on any hope that we would see new scenes or even a trailer for the upcoming sequel at the Disney fan convention this weekend. Abrams confirmed the news to Entertainment Weekly and gave the rationale as to why.

“It is true, we are showing no footage, behind the scenes or otherwise. In the fall, there’ll be a trailer. We’re thrilled to go to D23 and meet the fans, but it’s a tricky thing to try and rush [footage] for a convention or preexisting event that would, of course, be fun to show something at."

While some fans may be upset or annoyed, I am incredibly excited not to see anything new from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. We live in an age where every studio inundates us with teasers, trailers, clips, TV spots, and more as early as a year before a film hits theaters. We have become accustomed to debuts at San Diego Comic Con and when it doesn't happen, we feel slighted. But, what could be better than being just four months away from seeing a new STAR WARS and knowing virtually nothing about it?

Abrams isn't even done with the film yet as he continued to share.

“I’m still editing and we’re working on refining the cut, but it’s incredibly fun to see the movie come together,” Abrams said. “You realize certain things that you don’t need, certain things you can pull out.”

I would wager the finished STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is going to clock in at two hours, plus or minus ten minutes. Abrams' film is not going to be as indulgent as the George Lucas films and should harken back to A NEW HOPE in terms of tone and length. Whatever it ends up being, it feels very rare to be going into a film this blindly. It feels special.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS hits theaters on December 18th.

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4:31PM on 08/12/2015
Good, I don't want to be spoiled. Lets save some surprises for the film.
Good, I don't want to be spoiled. Lets save some surprises for the film.
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2:51PM on 08/12/2015
Keep us in the dark. I like mystery.
Keep us in the dark. I like mystery.
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11:15PM on 08/11/2015
Well this sucks BUT if you guys want to see some new Star Wars footage check out my Star Wars teaser remake! [link]
Well this sucks BUT if you guys want to see some new Star Wars footage check out my Star Wars teaser remake! [link]
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8:58PM on 08/11/2015
I hope there isn't another trailer until release. It's not like it needs to be promoted.
I hope there isn't another trailer until release. It's not like it needs to be promoted.
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6:12PM on 08/11/2015
Funny, I started coming to Joblo years ago to get any info I could on The Phantom Menace before its release, but I'm loving the secrecy of The Force Awakens! It's so refreshing, I had to stop watching the latest Spectre trailer because I felt like I was seeing a Cliff's notes of the whole film. Some big franchises just sell themselves
Funny, I started coming to Joblo years ago to get any info I could on The Phantom Menace before its release, but I'm loving the secrecy of The Force Awakens! It's so refreshing, I had to stop watching the latest Spectre trailer because I felt like I was seeing a Cliff's notes of the whole film. Some big franchises just sell themselves
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5:45PM on 08/11/2015
I know we like trailers but, honestly, we don't need more of them for Star Wars. If you're still not hooked on the movie after those two teasers, you never will be.
I know we like trailers but, honestly, we don't need more of them for Star Wars. If you're still not hooked on the movie after those two teasers, you never will be.
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5:31PM on 08/11/2015

Good

that's how it should be. MAAAAAAAAAAAYBE just one more trailer but very minimal like 1min30 maybe 2 mins. but with only like 30 seconds of new footage. KEEP IT SECRET!! KEEP IT SAFE!!!
that's how it should be. MAAAAAAAAAAAYBE just one more trailer but very minimal like 1min30 maybe 2 mins. but with only like 30 seconds of new footage. KEEP IT SECRET!! KEEP IT SAFE!!!
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