'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer Is Here, And It's Beautiful: There's Just One Problem

Aric Mitchell

Clamoring for a Star Wars trailer and can't wait till Friday?

Good news. Below you will find a two-minute "international teaser" for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (aka Episode 7) that is every bit as glorious as what you had hoped.

The clip was posted to YouTube on November 24 and has amassed close to 700,000 views. It starts with a somber lead-in from Return of the Jedi and then launches in to new footage, including that menacing figure you see in the image above.

It certainly looks like Lucasfilm, now under Disney ownership, spared no expense giving the fans what they want. There's just one teeny problem, but I'll let you see if you can spot it first.

Well, hate to spoil it for you, but it's not real.

That's right. That elaborate, polished, tantalizing production is all a fake as originally pointed out by Matt Lyons of Moargeek.

How does he know, and more importantly, how is he right?

Well, Lyons first points out that the Star Wars trailer releasing on Friday will be 88 seconds long. This one is 111. Furthermore, the "lens flairs" that J.J. Abrams is famous for are way overdone.

"A nice touch by the creator to make it seem real," notes Lyons, "but that mixed with sloppy editing with generic fade in/fade out cuts points heavily to a fan made fake."

But that's not all.

Once the "new footage" starts, the maker of the video still sprinkles in clips from the originals that he hopes you won't notice (like Chewbacca, for instance).

Also, if you look very closely at the reveal of old Luke Skywalker, you'll be able to see that the image is a very cleverly edited still superimposed over a scene from Episode III: Revenge of the Sith with Anakin Skywalker.

That being said, I definitely won't call the people who made it hacks. As fan trailers go, there is 99.9 percent of what you see on YouTube, and then there is this in a class all by itself.

The only complaint I have is that the makers set the bar so high with this clip that the real Star Wars trailer might come off anticlimactic when all it turns out to be is a bunch of somber music and a three-second clip of the new and improved Millennium Falcon.

What do you think of the Star Wars trailer above, readers? Does it make the wait that much more painful, or is it just what the doctor ordered?

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