There wasn’t a new trailer from Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Comic-Con but, in a way, they gave us something better. A three-minute, behind-the-scenes video chock full of nostaliga, intrigue and quite a few easter eggs. Did you miss any? We’ve uncovered them all.
Here’s the video, which may or may not have our first look at Luke Skywalker, but also reveals several fan favorite characters potentially returning, IMAX filming, tons of new creatures including one from the prequels and more. Below it, we break down each shot.
The Planet of Jakku, home of Rey.
The interior set of the Millennium Falcon.
The interior of some kind of First Order installation. Possibly a ship, possibly the Starkiller Base.
R2-D2, looking a little older, but also in some kind of industrial-type location. Almost like the Jawa Sandcrawler from A New Hope.
First Order Stormtroopers, as seen in the first teaser trailer.
WHO THE HELL IS THIS GUY? We don’t know his name yet, but we know the suit is practical. He almost seems like Jabba the Hutt, with his updated version of Slave Leia.
Concept art of a crashed First Order TIE Fighter. Notice the new paint job; we also saw this on the Hasbro toy revealed at Comic-Con.
Now the concept art has been turned into a model.
Now the model has been physically built.
Finally, the TIE Fighter is actually smoking on set. Rumor is, this is Finn’s TIE.
This looks like animatic or a storyboard of the Millennium Falcon. Love the strong framing of this shot.
Another interior shot of the Falcon. What stands out here is just how big it is.
The new, practical, creature is cool here but look in the background. Admiral Ackbar!!!
A Stormtrooper escorts Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac). Why has he been captured? How will he get out?
Lupita Nyong’o gettting motion-captured for her performance as Maz Kanata.
C-3PO, but notice his arm is not chrome. We’ve seen from early images it’ll be red for some reason.
Actually shooting on film!
Shooting in the desert, we see Rey (Daisy Ridley) and some kind of green-suited guy. He could be a character, or could be like that to get digitally painted out. The structures Ridley is next to could be debris or the bottom of a ship.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy talking is cool, but cooler are the AT-AT feet coming out of the sands of Jakku.
This Ralph McQuarrie-inspired structure is interesting but look in the back right. That sure does look like the walkway to the Millennium Falcon.
Director J.J. Abrams hugging Ridley in some kind of marketplace set.
We saw another side of this shot in the second trailer, but this seems to be stunt people testing out the pyrotechnics.
Someone (Poe Dameron, most likely) running around a new, blue X-Wing fighter at night.
Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) descends from his ship, flanked by a few Stormtroopers.
A First Order Flametrooper lights some crap up.
Simon Pegg? What are you doing in a Star Wars video?
We’re meant to look at the beautiful practical Chewbacca mask, but check out the characters in the back. One looks like a grown-up Pit Droid from the prequels!
Peter Mayhew, as Chewbacca, on the set of the Millennium Falcon. So awesome.
That sure looks like Daisy Ridley’s Rey sitting in Han Solo’s seat of the Millennium Falcon.
Look at the insane detail on these masks.
This creature seems to be vaping. But look how the human performer fits inside below it. Great design.
A Resistance X-Wing Fighter helmet being handed painted by the costume department.
Force Awakens production designer Rick Carter with some unfortunately blurred out storyboards behind him.
An actor gets suited up as a practical creature.
Oh, that’s what Simon Pegg is doing in this video. He’s playing a creature in the movie. We won’t see his face.
Another actor in another suit but this one is a bit more interesting. It looks like a Gonk Droid.
Here’s the same actress, but look at the beautifully detailed set in the background.
This is a terrifying creature but also, look at the monkey reference art they have in the background.
An under-construction X-Wing.
Millennium Falcon blueprints.
And there’s the Falcon’s top being constructed.
The final product is mind-boggling.
J.J. Abrams calls “action.” Can’t really tell where he is.
A ton of First Order Stormtroopers.
One of the more intriguing shots in the piece. It’s of a monitor shooting two troopers we haven’t seen before, in red and black, running down a dark corridor.
John Boyega’s Finn being interviewed on the Millennium Falcon.
Ridley jokes as walking up some stairs...
...to the Millennium Falcon cockpit.
Yes, Rey is flying the Falcon with IMAX cameras pointed at her.
Make that two IMAX cameras. If we connect the dots, this is the inside of the Falcon during the final shot of the teaser trailer.
First Order Stormtroopers run on a pretty burned up environment.
This is the same environment and now we see they’re chasing some people in red and black. Are these the Resistance fighters?
Stormtroopers can never catch a break.
Back to Jakku where a camera copter flies overhead. In the back you see some debris which we recognize from the Rey and Finn running shots in the second trailer. Which means maybe this camera is filming the explosion from about 50 photos ago.
The Resistance stands around the Falcon. This looks like the base drones caught images during filming.
C-3PO in a very, very familiar location. It looks very much like the Rebel base on Yavin in A New Hope. And you get a better look at his replacement arm too.
Domhnall Gleeson, who plays the evil General Hux, on what appears to be Starkiller Base.
Finn and Rey in the desert between takes, enjoying some green drink. This looks like the set with the helicopter.
Co-writers J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan sit on some kind of First Order set (Starkiller Base?) working on the script.
We saw him in the back before, but now we see him in close up. Admiral Ackbar! Or at least another member of his race, the Mon Calamari.
And this looks like the Battle of Endor Millennium Falcon co-pilot Nien Nunb. Or another member of his race, the Sullustan. Odd that this and Ackbar are back-to-back since concept art of their characters leaked a few weeks ago. I wonder if this is acknowledgement.
And there’s Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher! She’s in a pretty ratty location. Maybe her Maz Kanata meet-up from the second trailer?
Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) on a set that may be the one we saw C-3P0 on before.
They seem pretty happy now but I have feeling these Stormtroopers won’t have a happy ending.
Legendary actor Warwick Davis, who played Wicket the Ewok, with another new character. We know Davis is in the movie so is this who he is playing? It’s got a Chewbacca-meets-Dark Helmet vibe.
A literally touching moment between actress and director.
Abrams watching the monitor. It’s hard to see clearly but it looks like some kind of caped figure, maybe Kylo Ren, shot from behind facing a few Stormtroopers. They’re on the same side though, so doesn’t make sense. Could this be our first look at Luke Skywalker? It’s hard to capture as an image but in the video, it appears there are swords being used which could be made into lightsabers later. (It’s at 3:08.)
It looks like this is the reverse of that previous shot and, even if it’s not, Kennedy and Abrams are very happy.
C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels takes in the set of the Millennium Falcon, somewhere he probably hasn’t been in over 30 years.
The man, the myth, the legend: Harrison Ford as Han Solo.
Solo as the pilot, Rey as the co-pilot and Finn as in the backseat of the Millennium Falcon. This looks like the Vanity Fair cover but with Abrams directing, but it could also be from the movie. Probably both.
And that’s the end.