[This post has been updated to include the complete list of 30 theaters screening the trailer. Scroll to the end for the complete list.]
The first trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is debuting this weekend, and according to director J.J. Abrams, it will reveal 88 seconds of footage from the highly anticipated seventh installment in the sci-fi mega-franchise.
On Monday morning, Abrams tweeted a picture of a handwritten note, complete with Star Wars doodle, wishing fans “a most excellent Thanksgiving” and teasing the trailer.
“A tiny* peek at what we’re working on — this Friday in select theaters,” Abrams tweeted. “*88 seconds.”
“Select theaters” could include nine Regal Entertainment Group venues; the movie theater operator announced on its website that the trailer would screen before each film playing Friday through Sunday at nine theaters, but later removed the announcement, telling fans to “check back soon” for a list of locations. The original theaters listed include:
Irvine – Edwards Irvine Spectrum 22 & IMAX
San Diego – Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
Atlanta – Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
Chicago – Regal City North Stadium 14 IMAX & RPX
New York – Regal Union Square Stadium 14
Warrington, Penn. – Regal Warrington Crossing Stadium 22 & IMAX
Knoxville, Tenn. – Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
Houston – Edwards Houston Marq’E Stadium 23 IMAX & RPX
Seattle – Regal Thornton Place Stadium 14 & IMAX
Regal removed the list and instead posted a meme image of “Return of the Jedi” character Mon Mothma with a caption reading “Many Bothans died to bring us this information” — a reference to the rebel allies who stole plans for the second Death Star.
“The Force Awakens” takes place 30 years after the events of “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi,” with original stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker joining Harrison Ford as part of the ensemble cast.
Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega and newcomer Daisy Ridley, in addition to Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, performance capture expert Andy Serkis and venerable Swedish thespian Max von Sydow, will also star in “Episode VII,” as will Lupita Nyong’o, who earned an Oscar for supporting actress earlier this year for her heart-wrenching turn in “12 Years a Slave,” and Gwendoline Christie, who plays the towering fighter Brienne of Tarth on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”
Abrams’ “Episode VII” kicks off a planned trilogy in the George Lucas-created saga set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Abrams will be succeeded by Rian Johnson (“Looper”), who will write and direct “Episode VIII.” There are also spinoff films in the works.
“The Force Awakens” is due in theaters Dec. 18, 2015.
Will you make the trek to one of the nine theaters in hopes of seeing the trailer? Let us know in the comments.
Nov. 24, 1:40 p.m.: Monday afternoon, Disney and Lucasfilm posted a complete list on StarWars.com of 30 North American theaters showing the “Episode VII” trailer beginning Friday and through the Thankgiving holiday weekend. After the weekend, the teaser will be shown at theaters around the world. Here are the 30 theaters to show the trailer first:
Phoenix – Tempe Marketplace (Harkins)
Los Angeles – Century City (AMC)
Los Angeles – El Capitan
Irvine – Spectrum Irvine 21 (Regal)
San Francisco – Metreon 15 (AMC)
San Jose – Oakridge 20 (Cinemark)
San Diego – Mira Mesa 18 (Regal)
Denver – Westminster 24 (AMC)
Washington, D.C. – Tysons Corner 16 (AMC)
Miami – Parisian 20 (Carmike)
Atlanta – Atlantic Station (Regal)
Chicago – City North (Regal)
Boston – Boston Commons 19 (AMC)
Detroit – Showcase 20 (Cinemark)
Minneapolis – Southdale (AMC)
Kansas City, Mo. – Studio 30 (AMC)
New York – Lincoln Square 12 (AMC)
New York – Union Square (Regal)
Cleveland – Cinemark 24 (Cinemark)
Philadelphia – Warrington 22 (Regal)
Nashville – Thoroughbred 20 (Carmike)
Knoxville, Tenn. – Pinnacle (Regal)
Dallas – Plano 20 (Cinemark)
Houston – Marq’E Stadium 23 (Regal)
Austin – Alamo S. Lamar (Alamo)
Salt Lake City – Cinemark 24 WJ (Cinemark)
Seattle – Thornton Place 14 (Regal)
Milwaukee – Brookfield 16 (Marcus)
Toronto, Canada – Younge & Dundas (CPX)
Vancouver, Canada – Riverport (CPX)
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