If you’re a Star Wars junkie—and if you aren’t, there’s something wrong with you—tonight is a night you definitely don’t want to miss.
Why? Because, the good folks at Lucasfilm have confirmed, the one and only official movie trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will premiere on ESPN during tonight’s Monday Night Football game pitting the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants.
Sure, there will be a football game to watch, but the real excitement will happen during one of the commercial breaks. We don’t know which commercial break it will be, but for those of us who grew up on Star Wars, we will be paying as close attention to the commercial breaks tonight as folks do during the world-famous Super Bowl broadcast.
Disney also announced that advanced tickets to the premiere of the Force Awakens will go on sale immediately after the trailer runs. The company says tickets will be available for purchase everywhere tickets to the film are sold.
An official new film poster was also just tweeted. It features new character played by John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Daisy Ridley, as well as the original cast of characters so dear to the hearts of many. In addition, there are a couple of new teaser clips. While they are extremely short—10 seconds in length—they pack a punch. One shows what looks to be the lead-up to a major battle, and it’s absolutely goose bump-inducing.
The new Star Wars movie premieres on December 18, and the story takes place 30 years after the events depicted in “Return of the Jedi.”
Disney is cashing in on its acquisition of Lucasfilm, and not just through the movies. It was announced earlier this year that the Disney theme parks in Anaheim and Orlando will soon feature new “Star Wars Lands.” Construction is scheduled to begin some time in 2017, with an anticipated 2019 opening.