About a week ago, Star Wars released a teaser trailer for the latest installment in the series, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The trailer has generated hype and informed as little as possible about what we can expect from the film. But maybe that’s not much of a coincidence? Strangely, or not, the trailer fails to give fans a look at any of the famous characters from the original trilogy, who have been recast and will reassume their old roles in The Force Awakens.
Fans are excited about the new light saber, a cute soccer ball-esque robot and a mystery Storm Trooper.
Saturday Night Live had a lot of fun with it. Mostly, they honed in on the decision to recast members from the original trilogy -actors like Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher – who are now 30 years older than when Star Wars debuted on the silver screen in 1977.
Esquire summed up the buzz over both the teaser trailer and the SNL parody trailer:
Speculation has abounded since the first official trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released over Thanksgiving weekend. What is that first stormtrooper we see so panicked about? Who is the cloaked figure wielding that crazy lightsaber? And most importantly, what the hell is that rolling droid that looks like a soccer ball? What the trailer failed to touch on, however, is that a number of cast members from the original trilogy—namely Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford—will reprise their roles, now over 30 years older than they were during the 1977 original. Last night, Saturday Night Live made their own Force Awakens trailer that focused on what to expect from the now-elderly cast members. It isn’t pretty. Watch above.
Then and now of returning cast members, each of whom are legends: