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VIDEO: New ‘Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens’ trailer released

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“The Force… it’s calling to you. Just let it in.”

Gladly! Continuing the trend started in the previous two teaser trailers, the full trailer for “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” released earlier tonight during Monday Night Football reveals more footage, but stops short of giving away major plot points or showing certain characters. It does not, however, lack excitement.

Huge action scenes are on display, and the focus remains on new characters like Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren, and Poe Dameron, though Han Solo and Chewbacca are now front and center, with a small appearance by Leia as well. Just hearing Harrison Ford confirm that all those old stories are true really brings it all together, much as the release of the theatrical poster did yesterday:

Directed by J. J. Abrams, “The Force Awakens” stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow, joining the original cast of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, and Kenny Baker. It will be released in theaters on Friday, Dec. 18; tickets are on sale now.

Watch the first two teasers below, along with the Comic-Con reel of behind-the-scenes footage: