Latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Is A Delectable Mix Of Nostalgia And Fresh Badassery

The Star Wars prequels may have left a bad taste in moviegoers' mouths, but boy oh boy, Episode VII, otherwise known as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, looks like it's going to atone for all three of them. Don't believe it? Have a look for yourself in the new and full official trailer, which debuted at halftime during Monday Night Football.

Force Awakens kicks off a brand new trilogy in a setting that takes place around 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi. There are new leads this time around, including Rey and Finn, played by Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, respectively. Both are again featured in the trailer, as are iconic characters like Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Princess Leia.

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Full details of the new story being told is under lock and key at Lucasfilm, now owned by Disney, which acquired the production company and Star Wars franchise for $4.05 billion three years ago. But fear not, Disney isn't messing this thing up -- there's no depiction of Mickey Mouse and the gang wielding lightsabers as members of the Jedi Order.

What the trailer does reveal are hints about the plot. Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver, vows to finish what Darth Vader started. Meanwhile, Han Solo confirms to the newcomers that the stories they heard about the Jedi, the Force, the Dark Side, and everything else are true.


Luke Skywalker is noticeably missing from the 130-second teaser, perhaps because Mark Hamill isn't reprising his role or, more likely, director J.J. Abrams is saving him for a surprise cameo. Or is he missing? There's a scene with a hooded character resting a robotic hand on R2-D2, could that be him? Mark Hamill's name also appears in the movie poster's credits, though he's not shown on the poster itself.

We'll find out what's going on in a couple of months -- Force Awakens lands in theaters December 18, with tickets on sale now (seriously).

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