John Boyega in a scene from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." (Lucasfilm / Disney)Link
The debut trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is out, offering fans a glimpse of the first new live-action footage of the “Star Wars” universe in nearly a decade.
The trailer, which was released on iTunes on Friday in addition to screening in select theaters, is 88 seconds long and features new characters (including “Attack the Block” actor John Boyega in Stormtrooper gear) and familiar settings, like Luke Skywalker’s desert planet home Tatooine, where actress Daisy Ridley rides some sort of speeder bike.
“There’s been an awakening,” a deep voice narrates as the trailer begins. “Have you felt it? The dark side, and the light.”
The trailer, below, reveals an updated Millennium Falcon, several X-wing fighters piloted by men in battered uniforms reminiscent of Rebel Alliance gear, a new kind of droid that travels using a ball and, most ominously, a cloaked figure wielding a red lightsaber with a cross hilt.
And, of course, John Williams’ iconic score is prominent in the teaser.
For fans who want to see the trailer on the big screen this weekend, check out the complete list of 30 theaters screening the teaser.
“The Force Awakens,” directed by “Star Trek” alumnus J.J. Abrams, takes place 30 years after the events of “Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi,” with original stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker joining Harrison Ford as part of the ensemble cast.
Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega and newcomer Ridley, in addition to Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, performance capture expert Andy Serkis and venerable Swedish thespian Max von Sydow, will also star in “Episode VII,” as will Lupita Nyong’o, who earned a supporting actress Oscar earlier this year for her heart-wrenching turn in “12 Years a Slave,” and Gwendoline Christie, who plays the towering fighter Brienne of Tarth on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”
Abrams’ “Episode VII” kicks off a planned trilogy in the George Lucas-created saga set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Abrams will be succeeded by Rian Johnson (“Looper”), who will write and direct “Episode VIII.” There are also spinoff films in the works.
“The Force Awakens” is due in theaters Dec. 18, 2015.
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