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Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer premieres

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Image caption The trailer, beginning with a shot of British actor John Boyega, reveals little about the plot

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 offers the first look of a new cross-shaped lightsaber.

The film, which reunites original stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher is scheduled to be released in cinemas on 18 December 2015.

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Image caption A new droid is featured

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.

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Image caption A Stormtrooper army is seen preparing for battle
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Image caption British actress Daisy Ridley also stars in the JJ Abrams film
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Image caption Fans were able to see a new 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.

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Image caption A pilot - who some speculate is Oscar Isaac - flies an X-Wing fighter
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Image caption A new cross-shaped lightsaber was revealed
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Image caption The trailer ends with Tie Fighters pursuing the Millennium Falcon

According to Time, 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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Media caption"This is the continuation of Return of the Jedi from 31 years ago", reports Lizo Mzimba

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