Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Gets Big TV Debut on ESPN — Watch

ESPN’s New York Giants/Philadelphia Eagles game was already being hyped as the biggest battle of the night — and that was before the Stormtroopers showed up.

A new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens aired during Monday Night Football — a nice perk of ESPN and Lucasfilm both being owned by The Walt Disney Co. — giving eager fans an even clearer picture of what to expect when the J.J. Abrams-helmed blockbuster hits theaters on Dec. 18.

The official Force Awakens poster was released over the weekend, sending fans into a tizzy over the apparent omission of Luke Skywalker (played by Mark Hamill, who’s returning to The Flash in Season 2).

Speaking of small-screen favorites, keep your eyes peeled for Girls‘ Adam Driver and Game of Thrones‘ Gwendoline Christie in Episode VII.

Hit PLAY on the trailer above, then drop a comment with your thoughts below.

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  1. LK says:

    They hyped the heck out of that trailer and i found it underwhelming.. lots of posing and brief snippets of action…. very little new footage.

    • Carla Krae says:

      It’s mostly new footage.

    • steve says:

      almost all footage was new. but we still didn’t learn much. they are being so secretive. we know its a coninuation of skywalker story so at least 1 maybe 2 of these new guys is part of skywalker line. is it dameron the pilot, kylo ren the not really sith guy, daisy the scarp collector, luke isn’t even in the trailer or poster and he is part of this movie so its still cool. especially since i didn’t expect to ever get another star wars movie.

    • Ben says:

      You got something very different to me. For the first time, I got a pretty decent sense of the plot of the movie. I think I understand that the main characters don’t know the facts of the fall of the empire, just rumours. They clearly meet Han before anyone else, and he will serve the role Obi-Wan served to Luke. I assume Han will then take them on to meet Luke and Leia. It was pretty clear that the main (Luke Skywalker analogue) character is Rey, before that I wouldn’t have known who was. And it’s clear Kylo Ren is acting out of a misguided sense of what he thinks Darth Vader’s cause was. All of that was new to me, first time I’ve really had any insight.

    • Jack says:

      Fine with me. I am one of those strange people who does not want the trailer to tell us everything.

  2. bob says:

    Is it coming out this Christmas?

  3. It just hit me, and this is just a theory! We dont see Luke, because HE is the new Sith Lord. 30 years went by, let’s not forget that, Luke does turn in other canon. Perhaps this new trilogy is partially about his redemption… again, Just a theory!

    • David4 says:

      We have seen him in a Jedi robe with a beard.

    • steve says:

      i know he is in hiding why no idea. who is kylo ren? is he a skywalker off spring, who is daisy is she a solo or skywalker? its all so secretive and keeping luke hidden is part of that. the good news is jj abrams is a great producer and did right by star trek i expect him to make some great star wars movies.

  4. David says:

    Music was great…but need me some more Luke.

    • steve says:

      he is in it but how and what he is up to is all very secretive i think we won’t know much about his role in movie until it releases and people see it. we know he is in hiding and that will play a big part in part 2 of this new triology but why is he hiding.

  5. David says:

    Got my tix – hoping Mike Ausiello is going to see it with me!!!!

  6. blueandwhite00 says:

    At 1:40 in the trailer, a man with a mechanical hand reached out to touch R2D2. Could that be Luke? He did lose a hand. I can’t remember which one though.

  7. Mr. Tran K says:

    This is the best trailer I have ever seen. So excited come December 18th but I will go see in IMAX 3-D.

  8. leigh says:

    Love it!

  9. mrmcgee says:

    One major thing I like with this trailer is the sense of scope and perspective: like when Rey is looking up at the fighters. Those are angles we never had in the other trilogies. Plus the different worlds (desert, water, snowy) look “realistic” compared to the CGI from Episodes 1-3.

    The beginning of the trailer was odd, but once the music kicked in during the clips of the Falcon: magic.

  10. thegiguru says:

    Think about since the time that there has been a mass amount of jedis it has been aprox. 55 years. In that span of time, there was only a few sith, a few hiding jedi, and only one new Jedi that we know of. That is why in the trailer they say there are stories about what happened and Solo replies that it is all true about the Sith and the Jedi. Essentially, these are just legends they have heard of and nothing has been confirmed. That means if Luke trained anyone it was in secret, there is no training academy, no new order of the Jedi and maybe the battle was won but the war rages on. Just because the Sith Lord and his apprentice fell does not mean the the galactic empire has fallen. Out of the ashes of WW1 lead to an even worse evil in WW2 with the nazis. Could this new empire parallel that ideal from our own history? Did they destroy their enemy only for a stronger and more brutal enemy to arise and face the still small numbers of the resistance?

  11. Eve says:

    Amazing trailer!!! Looks great. I’m so hyped right now.

  12. Bark Star says:

    Hopefully after this trailer, people will realise that this is just gonna be another shake n’ glare crapfest by that overhyped and undertalented idiot Abrams. Our fond childhood memories were already butt-raped 3 times, not gonna make it a fourth.

    • Jack says:

      My memories are fine. Even if you do not like the prequels, that should have no affect on memories of the originals. If so, perhaps psychological counseling will help your healing process.

    • Wendy says:

      Who peed in your cornflakes this morning? You can keep your bitter butt, at home then.

      Meanwhile, the rest of us will be in theaters opening day having a fun time.

  13. Joey Padron says:

    Trailer for movie looks great! So excited to see the movie in December!

  14. Figpucker says:

    At 1:55, the new sith kinda looks like Revan. Or is it just me?

  15. Wendy says:

    Awesome trailer! This movie is gonna break records! Movie is gonna be great!