"There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?" So asks the first teaser trailer, appropriately enough, for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," director J.J. Abrams' highly anticipated update of the classic space-opera franchise.
Although the minute-and-a-half clip, viewable above, offers little in the way of plot details, it should give "Star Wars" fans, ahem, a new hope with eye-catching imagery, nods to George Lucas' original film trilogy, a peak at some new faces and John Williams' iconic theme song.
The teaser opens with John Boyega ("Attack the Block") popping into frame in a Stormtrooper uniform, sans helmet, on what looks to be the desert planet Tatooine. In rapid succession, we're introduced to some more new faces: A droid with a rolling ball for a body, Daisy Ridley riding a speeder, Oscar Isaac piloting an X-wing fighter and a shadowy figure trudging through snow while brandishing a cross-shaped red light saber.
The trailer doesn't feature any appearances by "Star Wars" veterans Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher or Harrison Ford, all of whom are returning for "Awakens," the first installment of a planned trilogy set 30 years after "Return of the Jedi." Even so, the vibe feels familiar -- a dizzying shot of the Millennium Falcon caps things off -- and the trailer's images have a lived-in quality that was lacking in "The Phantom Menace" and its two follow-ups.
There's no use predicting the quality of a movie that's still more than a year away based on an 88-second trailer, but today "Star Wars" aficionados are no doubt awake and taking notice.
"The Force Awakens" is scheduled to hit theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.
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