Meet the new Star Wars trailer

October 20, 2015 2:58 PM

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By now you will have seen the trailer for the upcoming Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. It’s quite a nimble little promo. The opening scenes send some mystery about the place. There is a fair bit of running around. Most importantly for keepers of the flame, there is a sequence in which Princess Leia gets to melt fearfully into the arms of Harrison Ford. A James Bond film featuring a battle with SPECTRE will be with us next week (it’s called Spectre). That hasn’t happened since 1971. What’s going on with Liz Taylor and Richard Burton? I give Nixon a month. Where was I again?

As was the case with that perfectly nice poster, the trailer has been constructed to comfort any nervous Star Wars fans who felt that J J Abrams was in danger of veering too far off piste. This is clearly a very different project to his reboot of Star Trek. Those films recast familiar roles and inje...

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