• The week geek tears were shed

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    The image that made grown men cry: Chewbacca and Harrison Ford’s Han Solo

    The image that made grown men cry: Chewbacca and Harrison Ford’s Han Solo

    As if it wasn’t enough that Game of Thrones Season 5 started, and that Marvel’s Daredevil Netflix series was so good, the trailer of the new Star Wars film, “The Force Awakens” was released Thursday morning last week at the Star Wars Celebration VII in Anaheim.

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    Not to be left behind, in the wee hours of Friday, those of us in Manila were able to get connected with 2,700 Star Wars fans from all over the world in a hall at the Anaheim Convention Center via a feed courtesy of Verizon wireless. Just like them, we excitedly waited for the panel featuring director JJ Abrams (who co-wrote the script with Lawrence Kasdan) and producer Kathleen Kennedy as they talked about the upcoming film. They also brought out Luke Skywalker a.k.a. Mark Hamill and Princess Leia a.k.a. Carrie Fisher and introduced three new members of the cast: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac.

    The icing on the cake though was that two-minute trailer that made grown men and geeks weep. It was so nice they showed it twice!

    If you haven’t seen it yet, it begins with a crashed Imperial Star Destroyer on a sandy landscape, then you see a melted Darth Vader mask while the voice of Luke Skywalker says, “The force is strong in my family…” Then you see rebel pilots, the controversial cross-guard lightsaber and the new droid BB8 (which we all saw in the first teaser). After that you get a fair glimpse of Daisy Ridley and John Boyega’s characters.

    It finishes strong and sweet with Chewbacca and Han Solo and Han saying, “Chewie, we’re home.”

    Cue fan tears.  It’s been 10 years since the last Star Wars film. Six new Star Wars films are now in the pipeline to be released by Disney (no longer 20th Century Fox). There’s a new trilogy composed of episodes 7 (“The Force Awakens”), 8 and 9 plus three independent spin-off films.

    Kathleen Kennedy promised more strong women characters, and JJ Abrams more physical sets and real world locations versus CGI.

    The big release day is Friday, December 18. And yes this is likely to run at the IMAX here over the duration of the Metro Manila Film Festival.

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    In other news, the Batman vs. Superman trailer came out as well, and as I’m writing this, geeks are hitting the cinemas for The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

    Have a great weekend!

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