WATCH: The final Star Wars trailer

2015-10-20 07:15

Los Angeles — The Giants/Eagles game took a backseat to "Monday Night Football's" main event — the halftime premiere of a new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. It also went online moments after.

The 2:35 minute spot offered teases into the backstories of the series' newest characters, like John Boyega's Finn, a stormtrooper who's questioning his allegiances, Daisy Ridley's scavenger Rey, seen exploring an old ship, and Adam Driver's Darth Vader-obsessed Kylo Ren.

The Force Awakens takes place some 30 years after the events in Return of the Jedi, but the plot for director J.J. Abrams' film has remained shrouded in secrecy. This latest spot gave a few tantalising hints as to what might have transpired in those three decades. For one, the events of the original trilogy seem to have been turned into mythology for the younger generation. Harrison Ford's Han Solo tells Rey and Finn that "it's true...all of it."

The trailer also gave fans their first look at Carrie Fisher who is reprising her role as Princess Leia. Luke Skywalker, portrayed again by Mark Hamill, has yet to be seen in full in any of the film's advertisements and is suspiciously missing from the official poster, too.

Watch the trailer here:

Teasers and trailers have become events in and of themselves for The Force Awakens, one of the most anticipated movies of the year. The last premiered at a ticketed fan event in Anaheim, Calif. to fan cheers and excited tears in April and has over 64 million views on YouTube to date.

Tickets for the film, out 18 December, were supposed to go on sale immediately after the trailer played, but ended up being made available earlier in the day. Online ticketing sites like Fandango crashed amid the feverish demand and excitement to be among the first to see the film.

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