Fans from Ahch-To to the Outer Rim were blown away by the the teaser trailer for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” But believe it or not, there was a time — let’s say, a long time ago — when a “Star Wars” trailer was actually met with ridicule.
While helping close out Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday, franchise icon Mark Hamill reminisced about the time he and his late co-star Carrie Fisher met for lunch shortly after filming 1977’s “Star Wars.” When the two passed a nearby theater, which just so happened to be showing the trailer for the film, Hamill convinced the manager to allow them in to glimpse the footage.
“We went in and we watched it,” he told the audience. “It was so early they didn’t have John Williams’ score. They didn’t have very many special effects finished at all. A couple of shots of TIE Fighters, I think. It made a real impression on me because we hadn’t seen any of the footage.”
However, the audience wasn’t nearly as captivated as Hamill was.
“At the end of the trailer, it said, ‘A billion light years in the making. And it’s coming to your galaxy this summer.’ Big explosion. And somebody in the balcony yelled out, ‘Yeah, and it’s coming to the late show about two weeks after that,'” he recalled. “Nobody enjoys a well-placed, snarky remark more than I do. So we both laughed, but after we laughed, we kind of went, ‘Uh-oh.'”
In hindsight, Hamill and Fisher’s worries ultimately proved to be for naught, as “Star Wars” lit a candle that’s been burning with the intensity of Tatooine’s two suns for 40 years. Still, it’s fascinating to imagine that one of the most popular movie franchises of all time was met with such skepticism by fans in the early going.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” features returning cast members Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Anthony Daniels as C-3P0, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma and Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, joined by franchise newcomers Kelly Marie Tran as Rose, and Benicio del Toro and Laura Dern in undisclosed roles. The film opens Dec. 15.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)