‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer: A First Look


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A despairing Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) in a screen grab from the trailer posted on YouTube.

The “Monday Night Football” broadcast on ESPN offered vivid displays of pyrotechnics; stunning collisions between bodies of astronomical size; and supernatural feats that could only be explained as manifestations of an all-encompassing metaphysical force when the trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” made its debut at halftime. (Some exciting things might have also happened in the game between the Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles — we didn’t really pay attention to that part.)

Yes, the release of the trailer for this latest, long-awaited installment in the “Star Wars” franchise — the seventh live-action film over all and the first since “Episode III — Revenge of the Sith” in 2005 — was a Death Star-sized display of corporate synergy for Walt Disney, which owns ESPN and the “Star Wars” studio Lucasfilm. And the showing was, in essence, a promotion to purchase advance tickets for a movie that doesn’t even open in the United States until Dec. 18.

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