Expect the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer with 'The Hobbit'
by Ethan Anderton
November 19, 2014
Normally it's not worth reporting when the first trailer for a movie will arrive, but when that trailer is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, everyone is anxious to find out when we'll get the first glimpse of the next chapter in the iconic Star Wars saga. There have been rumblings that the trailer will show up before the end of the year, and that's been supported by the fact that John Williams has already been in the recording studio working on music for the trailer itself. Now a report comes from Star Wars 7 News saying that the teaser trailer will be attached to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies next month. More below!
The first source in this matter isn't very reliable since it comes from a local theater manager. Anyone could easily just make that up to be a rumor, but there was also a curious update on Twitter that has since been deleted. The tweet in question came from an account that had been around since March 2012, so it wasn't a dummy account created just to stir up trouble, but the account has also been deleted now. That's probably because it said, "Had a talk from Thomas Gormley today, when asked about the teaser trailer for Star Wars VII he said, “You might wanna go see The Hobbit.”
For those who don't know, Thomas Gormley is the first assistant director on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and he's worked on multiple films for director J.J. Abrams. While it stands to reason that the first assistant director wouldn't really be in the know when it comes to the marketing plans for the film, it seems like a pretty weird way to just start an unsubstantiated rumor. And when you think about it, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the best movie to attach the trailer to if it's coming this year.
The only other somewhat logical choice for the trailer premiere would be Into the Woods, because that's Disney's big holiday release, but it wouldn't hit the same audience. It could help Disney get more people to see the big screen musical, but the audience crossover with The Hobbit crowd is probably more appealing. And if the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer is attached too as we've heard recently, it could be a fun night at the movies with teases of some big films to come. Excited?
UPDATE: SlashFilm says the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens may end up playing on The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, but it will likely debut elsewhere before then. It could be with "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." since Disney had their reveal of The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer spoiled, or maybe just a big debut online, but expect the trailer in the next two or three weeks for sure.