The force has awakened, and you may have felt it if you tuned in to ESPN on Monday night to catch the world premiere of the official trailer for "Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens."
The highly anticipated trailer gave fans their longest look at the upcoming film, which opens Dec. 18. At just over two minutes in length, it doesn't reveal much, but it does give us longer looks at newer characters Rey — a desert dwelling scavenger with an unknown destiny — and Finn — who appears to be a stormtrooper turned rebel without a cause. We also get to hear the voice for the series' new villain, Kylo Ren, a Darth Vader worshiping force user.
Classic characters like Han Solo, Princes (Queen?) Leia, Chewbacca and even Luke Skywalker — who was noticeably absent from the film's official poster released on Sunday— appear briefly, as does the classic Millennium Falcon as it swoops over a desert planet with tie fighters in pursuit.
Nothing was really revealed about the plot, though we do see intense battles taking place.
One thing we do potentially learn from the plot is that Luke Skywalker left the public life sometime after "Return of the Jedi," with Rey stating "There were stories about what happened" about what happened in the past. Solo seems to confirm that the Jedi and Sith were in fact real, not just legends. But this brings more questions than answers. What’s happened to the galaxy in the 30 years since the Empire was supposedly defeated?
Tickets went on sale Monday night for select theater chains such as AMC and Cinemark. Originally they were supposed to go on sale after the trailer premiered, but for whatever reason fans were able to begin purchasing tickets up to an hour before it aired. The rush was so great that ticket site Fandango crashed.
The official poster was revealed on Sunday, featuring faces old and new. The series' new characters take center stage with Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, Captain Phasma and Kylo Ren appearing alongside classic characters such as Han Solo and Princess Leia.
A previous poster was released in August for a Star Wars convention, but it was not the official poster for the films.
Less than two months separate fans from being able to see the full movie, and it’s safe to say that this new trailer will just build their anticipation.
Freeman Stevenson is a staff writer for DeseretNews.com and is so hyped for Star Wars: The Force Awakens that he's entered hyperspace