In these days of digital magic, fans don’t necessarily have to wait for the real thing:
Earlier this week, director J.J. Abrams announced via Twitter that there would be a teeny tiny sneak peek of the next “Star Wars” installment this weekend. A teaser trailer was set to screen at about 30 theaters nationwide….
But then the trailer was leaked on Thursday. Or rather a trailer was leaked. And then another popped up. And then another. None of them were the official trailer, mind you. They were made by people with fairly decent video editing software, but a lot of people didn’t realize that. And whoever is in charge of the Star Wars Twitter page ultimately had to spend Thanksgiving setting people straight.
@mar_mls Contain your excitement until tomorrow when the real thing is released. This, while very cool, is fan-made.
— Star Wars (@starwars) November 27, 2014
Some of the fan-made teasers looked pretty legit. This one, for example, has gotten more than 4.3 million page views:
Pretty impressive fake trailer, huh? Personally, I enjoyed them both.
You know what would have made the real one 10 times more exciting, and enable it to crush the fakes with its authenticity? A glimpse of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill or Carrie Fisher. Maybe that was impossible (as in, they haven’t shot any scenes yet), or maybe they’re being saved for the really exciting trailers later.
In any case, I look forward to seeing them…