With Rogue One now just a handful pf days away from being released, the next big Star Wars movie on deck is The Force Awakens sequel, Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII. It’s now just a year away and although production on the film finished months ago, we still have no idea when we’ll see the first trailer. Could it secretly be attached to Rogue One this weekend? Possibly, but if it’s up to one of the stars of the new saga films, we wouldn’t even see a trailer.
Before we get to see Adam Driver back as the villainous son of Han Solo, we’ll get a chance to see him flaunt a very difference type of presence in Martin Scorsese’s Silence, where he’ll play a Christian priest searching for his former mentor alongside Andrew Garfield. While promoting the film, Cinemablend asked Driver if he would enjoy it if Disney and Lucasfilm released Episode VIII without a trailer, here’s his response:
“I think that’d be bold. I’d love it, yeah! Then no one would know anything. The less people know, I feel like, the more exciting… the more of an event it is.”
While it’s impossible that Disney and Lucasfilm will go into Episode VIII without a trailer release, it’s actually a very interesting idea. Imagine the level of excitement, and frenzy the world would go into the night the film debuted, with absolutely no footage or details to go off of. It would be INSANELY hard to not see anything before its release, but think about the satisfaction while watching the film with it all being brand new footage you’ve never seen before. It be unlike anything we’ve ever seen.
It seems very unlikely that the first trailer will be released this weekend with Rogue One, seeing that the film opens tonight. What gave us hope that that would be the case is the fact that the first teaser for The Force Awakens was released in November of 2014, over a year ahead of its actual release. But it makes sense to not see a trailer attach, why damper the excitement revolving around Rogue One with an Episode VII trailer?
Not to mention that a few weeks back, an unconfirmed report/rumor surfaced saying that the first teaser for the film will debut some time in the first quarter of 2017, which gives it a range between January and March. Unfortunately that doesn’t give us an exact time frame, but a high possibility is in early February during the Super Bowl, as well as Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in March, which could be another landing spot that will no doubt be positive for the films box-office results. We’ll no doubt be looking very closely for its first teaser, but hopefully that will be tipped off when the official title is revealed, just as Disney and Lucasfilm did with The Force Awakens.
Now that you heard my thoughts, what about you? What do you think about Driver’s thoughts on no trailer before its release? Would it be a cool thing to do? Or is it just nuts to think about? Star Wars: Episode VIII is directed by Rian Johnson and hits a theater in a galaxy near you on December 15th, 2017.