To kick off the four-day Star Wars Celebration convention, director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy talked to thousands of the most hardcore Star Wars fans at an hour-long panel Thursday morning. To close out the panel, they gave everyone what they had been waiting for: a new two-minute trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Social media, Twitter especially, lost its freaking mind.
— Helen Yiddo Winsor (@hezwin75) April 17, 2015
How do I continue on with life after that trailer? #TheForceAwakens
— Edison_Sinclair (@Edison_Sinclair) April 16, 2015
Ten hours after the Star Wars trailer showed up on YouTube, it had already surpassed 10 million views. As of right now, almost 20 hours since it dropped, it has hit nearly 19 million views. Star Wars fans are a dedicated bunch, and they simply cannot get enough of this newest trailer.
I've watched the trailer 13 times now, I'm literally crying. #StarWars
— Jarrod Alonge (@JarrodAlonge) April 16, 2015
Them: "Hey Kevin, how many times have you watched the Star Wars trai…" Me: "shut up, I'm watching the Star Wars trailer again"
— KVN (@ksantiago1216) April 17, 2015
Even the geekiest celebrities got in on the Star Wars trailer excitement.
"There's a new Star Wars trailer! EVERYBODY SHUT UP THERE'S A NEW STAR WARS TRAILER!" – me being professional on set today
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) April 16, 2015
I cried when I saw Chewie. #StarWars
— Felicia Day (@feliciaday) April 16, 2015
#starwars Chewie, we're home.
— Elijah Wood (@woodelijah) April 16, 2015
There were many things that had Star Wars fans cheering during the Star Wars Celebration panel, but one of the biggest was director J.J. Abrams’ assertion that he was extremely passionate about making his films as real as possible, like the original trilogy, as opposed to the CGI-laden prequels that most fans want to pretend don’t exist. New droid BB-8, for example, is a fully realized, working droid, much like R2D2 is, and rather than using computer technology to generate far, far away locations, Abrams emphasized their use of physical sets and real-world locations, such as the sand-covered planet seen in the opening scene of the trailer — which was originally thought to be Tattooine, but has since been revealed to be wholly new planet Jakku, filmed in Abu Dhabi.
“We knew it would be better for the film – for the actors, for the sets, for the look of it – if it performed. Building as much as you could was a mandate. There will be an endless number of effects. We needed a standard. You want it to be legitimate and authentic. The way the light interacts with the set… It’s an amazing thing to be able to watch the movie and see what it is and not have to use your imagination. We actually had those sets there and it was great for the actors too.”
The release of new Star Wars themed emojis by the official Star Wars Twitter account also had fans tweeting at Lightspeed.
Of course, Twitter couldn’t be the only ones not joining in on the Star Wars fun, so they set up automatically generated C3PO emojis every time someone uses the hashtag #StarWars.
TWITTER AUTO INSERTS A C3PO EMOJI WHEN YOU USE THE #StarWars HASHTAG WHAT IS HAPPENING
— Luke Westaway (@lukewestaway) April 16, 2015
These #StarWars emoji are literally everything
— Niki Albon (@NikiAlbon) April 17, 2015
The biggest thing that brought die-hard Star Wars enthusiasts to their knees, however, was the surprise appearance of fan favorites Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) at the end of the trailer.
I've been crying for the past three hours ever since I saw Han Solo in the trailer
— Paige (@PeachCoffin) April 16, 2015
God damn it. Alright, Han Solo is the first thing that gave me chills from this.
— Alex Riviello (@alexriviello) April 16, 2015
With three small words at the very end of the trailer, the entire Star Wars fandom collectively sighed, shivered, and maybe shed a few tears.
“Chewie, we’re home.”