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'Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens': New Trailer Launches Ticket Sales

'Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens' Trailer Still
Screen grab from the new trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." The movie will be released on Dec. 18, 2015. (Image credit: Walt Disney Studios)

A new trailer for "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens" launched on TV and the Internet late Monday (Oct. 19), marking the official start of ticket sales for the highly anticipated film.

The 2-minute trailer — the third released to date for "The Force Awakens" — debuted during halftime of ESPN's "Monday Night Football" broadcast, which featured the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants.

"The Force Awakens" takes place 30 years after the events of "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi," which came out in 1982. The trailer does not spell out exactly what happens in the new film, though it shows that a successor to Darth Vader aims to finish what the iconic villain started. And it appears there will be lots of chases, battles — including the light-saber variety — and explosions as well.

The upcoming film stars familiar "Star Wars" faces such as Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, and it introduces new blood in the form of Oscar Isaac, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, among others. "The Force Awakens" will be released in theaters throughout the United States on Dec. 18. You can buy tickets online now; see for details.

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Mike Wall
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Michael Wall is a Senior Space Writer with and joined the team in 2010. He primarily covers exoplanets, spaceflight and military space, but has been known to dabble in the space art beat. His book about the search for alien life, "Out There," was published on Nov. 13, 2018. Before becoming a science writer, Michael worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Michael on Twitter.