It’s a big day for Star Wars fans. The second teaser for Episode VII: The Force Awakens was dropped Thursday morning by Lucasfilm.
Beginning with a voice-over, the trailer shows a sandy dessert enveloping a ruined Star Destroyer, “The force is strong in my family –” Que shot of Darth Vader’s burnt up helmet, “– My father has it. I have it. My sister has it. You have that power too.”
The trailer also features appearances by R2D2, Darth Vader, the new Sith lord, Chewbacca and even Han Solo himself. According to a LucasFilm description, the plot is set about 30 years after the fall of the Empire and death of Darth Vader.
The movie is directed, produced and written by J.J. Abrams, who was also responsible for the re-boot of the Star Trek film series. This will be the first Star Wars film under Disney’s control after it purchased LucasFilm from George Lucas for $4-billion in 2013. As part of the deal, Lucas promised to step away from the sequel’s production following the disappointment of the prequel trilogy.
The cast will include both new and familiar faces, such as the series originals: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens has a budget of $200-million and is scheduled for release in theatres on December 18, 2015.