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dateline: 02 December 2014

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New Star Wars Trailer Released

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • trailer: a film preview; used for advertising before the release of a film
  • reunite: bring together again
  • footage: a length of video
  • prequel: the story that comes before
  • Stormtrooper: a Star Wars soldier
  • droid: a science fiction robot in Star Wars
  • trilogy: a three-part story

New Star Wars Trailer Released

A movie trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens this week, approximately one year in advance of the film’s scheduled launch. The film will reunite some of the original Star Wars actors, Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia). The story approximately 30 years after Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Footage of Stormtroopers, droids, X-Wing fighters, and the Millennium Falcon, suggests that the film will more closely resemble the original three films the prequels. The Force Awakens is directed by JJ Abrams, the director of the Star Trek films. George Lucas, the director and writer of the previous Star Wars episodes, recently sold Lucasfilm to Disney. He is working on the new trilogy as a creative .

Comprehension Questions

    1. What is the title of the upcoming Star Wars film?
    2. Who is JJ Abrams?
    3. How has George Lucas’s role changed?

Discussion Questions: Do you think this film will be worth the wait? Have you ever found it difficult to wait for a sequel to come out (in film or print)? Did it live up to your expectations?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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