‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ director J.J. Abrams unveils trailer at Star Wars Celebration

April 16, 2015 | 11:25 a.m.

The first full-length trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was unveiled Thursday morning, offering fans an extended look at what is perhaps this year’s most anticipated film.

Director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy introduced the two-minute trailer during the Star Wars Celebration fan expo in Anaheim.

The trailer begins with narration from Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, the protagonist of the original “Star Wars” trilogy.

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“The Force is strong in my family,” he says. “My father has it. I have it. My sister has it. You have that power too.”

It’s unclear whether he is addressing a member of the Skywalker family or another character altogether.

The trailer shows scenes from Jakku, a desert planet not unlike Tatooine, where the wreckage of an Imperial star destroyer is seen in the dunes. It’s not the only classic “Star Wars” ship — the trailer also features X-wings, TIE fighters and, of course, the Millennium Falcon.

The teaser also introduces a mysterious chrome stormtrooper and lingers on a shot of Darth Vader’s melted mask.

John Boyega, who plays a new character named Finn, and Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, feature strongly. But longtime fans might be most excited to see Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), the scoundrel smugglers who helped Luke and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) defeat the Galactic Empire in the original trilogy.

“Chewie, we’re home,” Han Solo says.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is set to open Dec. 18 and will see stars of the landmark original trilogy reprise their iconic roles alongside a large ensemble of newcomers including Boyega, Ridley, Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac.

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3 Responses to ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ director J.J. Abrams unveils trailer at Star Wars Celebration

  1. Obsrvst says:

    What can I say, it looks terrific! I love the natural environmental settings, which was/is something special and very organic and analog about the first three movies, a sense of natural-place. And I have to say that I got completely excited and let out a 'Ha! Hooo!" at the end when seeing Han Solo and Chewie! The Stormtrooper guy looks very likable! They better release classic-vintage style Kenner toys for this one! The story is already very intriguing, I originally thought it was going to be yet another bastardized Star Wars CGI infested movie, but so far so good!

  2. El Guapo says:

    This trailer reminded me not to get overly excited…just a movie. Don't let your anticipation outweigh the project's realistic entertainment plateau.

  3. Dede says:

    I remember when the 1st Star Wars opened, my Dad drug my sisters and brother reluctantly to see the movie and left the truest fans ever. (my older brother went back 27 times) I will always be excited, but this one most of all..it really has that feeling of the first to me.. I cannot wait!!

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