So unless we have amnesia, there’s a new Star Wars movie in theatres right now as you’re reading these words. Hey! Why aren’t you out going to see it? You’re sitting here, in front of your computer, telephone or other device and not seeing a Star Wars movie. What kind of nerd are you?!?! Well, if you’re reading these words hoping that they’ll lead to a trailer for Star Wars Episode VIII, you’re going to have a bad time. Not only does this article not reveal the trailer, it’s about to tell you that the wait for the trailer is going to be longer still.
Lucasfilm head and Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy was asked in a new BBC interview about when exactly fans might finally see the first trailer for the still untitled Episode VIII. “Well, pretty soon,” Kennedy said. “We’re giving [Rogue One] a little bit of breathing room, and then probably heading into spring you’ll start to see things.”
That makes sense considering that promotion for Rogue One didn’t really get underway till after The Force Awakens ran its course in theatres. Many people, including this site, have reminded you that at this point in the promotional life of TFA we had already received one teaser, which was released on Thanksgiving 2014, but what we need to take into account is that the 88-second spot in question was as much an announcement that Star Wars is back as it was there’s a specific movie called Star Wars: The Force Awakens coming to a theatre near you.
Having said all that, waiting till Spring makes sense, especially when there are so many great opportunities to spotlight a brand new Star Wars trailer. The release of Beauty and the Beast on March 17 is prime real estate, but a couple of weeks later Star Wars Celebration will be happening in Orlando from April 13 to 16, and that might be a more appealing (and obvious) time for a Star Wars reveal. Either way, the advise is the same: Patience. Soon the trailer will be with us.
In the meantime, keep in mind that Star Wars Episode VIII will be in theatres everywhere exactly one year from today on December 15, 2017.