A full trailer for The Force Awakens is being released six months after our first glimpse of the newest Star Wars saga. The trailer will be shown Monday on ESPN, during halftime of the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles game, which starts at 8:15 p.m. ET. Advanced tickets will go on sale afterwards for the Dec. 18 premier of the movie.
Recently, the names of the new character leads were released to the press; Finn, Rey and Poe Dameron will star alongside with Return of the Jedi (1983) leads Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. The Force Awakens is set approximately 30 years after the Return of the Jedi.
The upcoming film will be the first Star Wars installment not directed by its creator, George Lucas; The Walt Disney Company’s 2012 acquisition of Lucasfilm has included Lucas as a creative consultant on the film, and named J.J. Abrams as director.
Renowned actors have signed on as supporting roles in the film: Lupita Nyong’o, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 12 Years a Slave, and Ex Machina‘s Domhnall Gleeson will both portray pirates; critically acclaimed Andy Serkis will portray a powerful dark master; and Gwendoline Christie, who plays the beloved Brienne of Tarth in the Game of Thrones series, will depict an officer in the First Order, Captain Phasma.
One character that has thankfully not been invited back is Jar Jar Binks. In an interview, Abrams reveals that he had toyed with the idea of drawing Binks’ bones on a sand dune, which would have surely given satisfaction to many fans for the hideousness that was Jar Jar.
The poster for the movie has caused huge amounts of plot speculation within the fan community. Recently, certain aspects of the poster have been confirmed.
The masked character has been revealed as actor Adam Driver, who plays space pirate Kylo Ren. Hamill’s conspicuous exclusion on the poster has not been explained by marketing staff; theories that Hamill may have been intentionally left off to keep fans guessing are rumoured. Fan theories that the possible depiction of the Starkiller base of The First Order has not been confirmed or denied and has caused rampant discussion within online discussion boards.