Thursday morning, director J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy and other creators from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" held a panel at Anaheim's Star Wars Celebration ahead of the upcoming film being released this December. It's the first Star Wars sequel since "Return of the Jedi" in 1983.
They unveiled a brand new teaser trailer, featuring the original cast. Watch it right here:
"The energy that you guys are throwing our way is evidence of the Force, and we couldn't be more grateful," Abrams said as he introduced the new teaser trailer.
The panel included a number of surprise guests, from both the old generation and the new generation. Before unveiling the new trailer, they welcomed Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) — Harrison Ford, who was recently in a plane crash, did not appear. From the new cast, they welcomed Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaacs.
You can watch livestreaming from Star Wars Celebration all weekend long:
The new trailer, step by step
The trailer opens with the Lucasfilm logo. It cuts to a classic Star Wars desert shot... with a crashed X-wing and imperial star destroyer.
Then, we get a voiceover from Luke Skywalker himself, explaining the Force:
"The Force is strong in my family. My father has it. I have it. My sister has it. You have that power too."
Under that, we see what looks like a melted Darth Vader mask...
... followed by R2-D2 with a cloaked man with a robot hand who appears to be Luke Skywalker touching him, and a lightsaber being exchanged.
Then, a flurry of shots: A fleet of X-wings flies across a planetscape, more Sith lightsaber action, the stars run away across the desert, TIE fighters, the Millenium Falcon and so much more.
And in the end, Harrison Ford:
"Chewie. We're home."
The Frame talked with Silas Lesnick, the managing editor at comingsoon.net, who was in attendance at this year's convention:
The Star Wars event is a-four day event and the first time it has been in Anaheim.
It is. I think it goes back to when the prequels started. They started doing this annual show. It's gotten bigger and bigger every year. Of course, with Episode VII, this is the biggest show yet.
What is it exactly? It's a four-day celebration of Star Wars?
Yeah. It's a fan convention. It's put on by Lucasfilm and it's just celebrating everything. The big news today was the trailer, but there's Star Wars video games and the cartoon show 'Star Wars Rebels.' There's a lot surprises still to come throughout the weekend.
How many people are there?
It's tricky to say. I heard there were about 1,500 that actually slept in line last night and J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy sent pizza for everybody that did that. The theater that I was in this morning holds about 4,000 people, and that was packed.
What was the audience response to the second trailer?
People were very, very happy. It opens up with a shot of a crashed star destroyer on this desert planet. From that moment, people were cheering, but it all builds up to seeing Han Solo and Chewbacca on the screen, which is so satisfying as a fan.
What else is happening there in the coming days? How do they fill an entire weekend of programming?
One of the big things that a lot of fans are excited for is 'Star Wars: Battlefront,' which is a new game that we don't know anything about. Honestly, a big part of it is just being around the other fans. It's neat to see kids running up and taking photos with all these fans dressed in very elaborate cosplay outfits.