29 Nov 2014

Star Wars Episode VII trailer unveiled

8:39 am on 29 November 2014

The first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been unveiled online and in US cinemas.

It gives fans an 88 second glimpse of the new film, the first new addition to the series since 2005.

Featuring shots of the Millennium Falcon, it also offered the first look of a new cross-shaped lightsaber.

The film, which reunited original stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher is scheduled to be released in New Zealand cinemas in December 2015, the BBC reported.

The trailer opens with a sweeping desert landscape, with a voice saying: "There has been an awakening, have you felt it?", before British star John Boyega appears wearing a Stormtrooper uniform.

It goes on to feature a football-like droid, a Stormtrooper army and fellow British star Daisy Ridley on a type of speeder bike.

A hooded villain is seen walking through a snowy wood with the new lightsaber, along with shots of X-Wing and Tie Fighters, before the Millennium Falcon sweeps across the sky.

According to Time Magazine, one cinema in Austin, Texas, is playing the trailer in a separate standalone screening 17 consecutive times.

Each screening will be followed by two minutes of discussion by a panel of Star Wars experts.

The seventh instalment of the sci-fi saga is set about 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.

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