STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Blu-ray Teased With Table Read Video
For a long time, all fans had in the way of images for the then-still-untitled Star Wars: Episode VII was a picture of the cast gathered for the first table read of the script. That table read was recorded and will be one of the bonus features on the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, which hits shelves on April 1, but Disney just sent over this quick teaser to get fans excited about owning the movie and diving into all of the special features.
It sounds like Mark Hamill reading that opening crawl, and I'm actually very curious about what he says next, because we know that writer/director J.J. Abrams and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan retooled the script before and even during filming. Early rumors indicated that the film opened with Luke Skywalker's lightsaber falling down onto the surface of a planet (I think it was Jakku, where we first meet Rey), so I wonder if Hamill's reading contained that version or another one altogether. I suppose we'll find out very soon — unless Abrams is keeping the mystery box closed even after the film has already been released, and the video cuts around during the table read and only includes sections of the script that ended up being in the final film. I wouldn't put it past them to pull something like that.
Meanwhile, if you're at this year's SXSW Film Festival, you can check out another one of the bonus features, a full length documentary called Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey, that will be premiering there on March 14 before it hits home video. Disney and Lucasfilm dropped off some First Order stormtroopers and a TIE Fighter in Austin today, and they'll be on display there for the whole weekend.