We’ve got a good feeling about this. The new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, unveiled at the Star Wars celebration in California, has given us the return of some old favourites and a better look at some new ones.
We open on what we now know is the desert planet of Jacku (spelling unconfirmed), a crashed Imperial Star Destroyer in the distance. We hear Luke talking about the force in his family: “my father has it, my sister has it…you have that power too.”
Over this there are some incredible scenes, including Darth Vader’s severed skull, Luke’s lightsaber being handed down to a young heir, new baddie Kylo Ren mid battle, a bling chromed out Stormtrooper and a tie fighter gunning down stormtroopers in an imperial hanger.
Best of all, the Millenium Falcon is chased through a crashed freighter (for a big ship it ends up in some tight places) and then:
Han’s looking a bit grey around the edges (Chewie is still downright lustrous) but fans around the world have just been transported back to their childhood. And there are so many questions!
Does Luke have a son? Who is the masked Sith? And is the Empire set for a return. We’ll have to wait to find out.
The trailer was revealed to screaming fans, many in ornate costumes, in movie theatres worldwide. The Star Wars Celebration is being held in Anaheim, California, and broadcast to movie theatres in 23 countries. Among the events is a special panel on Episode VI, chaired by director J.J Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy with many of the cast in attendance.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens reunites original cast members Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and others with new faces including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Domnhall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac.
The original Star Wars Episode VII reveal trailer has now been viewed more than 15 million times, and is still pretty amazing.
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens will be released in the UK on the 18th December