Well, it’s official: The one thing out there with the capability to melt the Internet is anything involving the new Star Wars movie set to release this December. It’s a fandom that’s lived on since A New Hope released in 1977, passed down through generations and bringing us to today. The Force Awakens is arguably the most anticipated movie of 2015 (if the tears and wild flailing of the Internet are to be believed), and for good reason. It’s a franchise that’s certainly seen its fair share of ups and downs, but the simple fact remains that modern sci-fi wouldn’t be what it is without that original trilogy.
Now we have ourselves the first extended look at the next chapter, featuring all the Stormtroopers, lightsabers, and action we could possibly desire. Four months back, when the initial teaser released, we had little in terms of details. What we mostly had was a good look at John Boyega in a Stormtrooper getup and a quick flash of the Millennium Falcon barreling through Tatooine with Tie-Fighters hot on its heels. But with a simple 2-minute trailer, we’ve been given enough information to really make the wait until December feel like an eternity.
1. Luke (and his lightsaber) are back in business
The beginning to the trailer opens with a voiceover that’s instantly recognizable as Luke Skywalker. Soon after that, it cuts to someone being handed what appears to be Anakin Skywalker’s (and later Luke’s) first lightsaber. When last we saw the weapon, it went tumbling down a shaft after Darth Vader sliced off his son’s hand in Cloud City. Many have theorized that returning it to Luke will end up being a major plot point for the film, while simultaneously acting as a way to introduce the older character into the new universe. Of course everything at this point is conjecture, but having Mark Hamill back to assume his iconic role is more than a little exciting.
2. Our first introduction to Daisy Ridley and John Boyega’s characters
Both Ridley and Boyega are relative newcomers to Hollywood blockbusters, making their significant roles in The Force Awakens their true debut on an international stage. The teaser gives us clear shots of both of them, showing Ridley’s character Rey speeding across the desert, while also lending a helping hand to Boyega’s Finn. It seems to effectively quash the rumors that Rey is the daughter of Han and Leia, given her origin decidedly removed from contact with any Jedi, while Boyega is once again seen in a Stormtrooper outfit, at least initially.
3. The brand new Sith Lord (played by Adam Driver?)
Much like most plot details, it’s unclear how the Sith play into The Force Awakens, but given the title of the movie, there’s a good chance they’ll be around. What we knew before today was that someone somewhere will be sporting a claymore-style, red lightsaber, handles and all. Our second look at this mysterious Sith comes with the new footage, this time showing us his face shrouded in a visor and hood. If you look closely at his lightsaber, you can see the trademark handles coming out from right above the hand, confirming that this is indeed the same Sith Lord we saw four months ago.
4. The Emperor is dead, but the Empire sure doesn’t seem to be
We all reveled in Darth Vader tossing the evil Emperor Palpatine down a shaft at the end of Return of the Jedi. But we also all know that killing one leader can’t completely unspool an entire galaxy-wide governmental framework. There are still military commanders, hundreds of thousands of troops, and probably a whole host of other enforcers wandering around the Star Wars universe post-Palpatine, and we seem to be seeing the remnants of that in The Force Awakens. Upgraded Tie-Fighters and Stormtrooper armies are everywhere, and it looks very much like John Boyega is on the run from them.
5. Han freaking Solo
For a large portion of the shooting for the new Star Wars, reports have flown around that Harrison Ford had struggles following a serious accident. It limited his ability to be on set consistently, but don’t let that fool you into thinking we won’t see our favorite rogue captain of the Millennium Falcon. In the final seconds, we see the classic smirk, as Han Solo tells Chewbacca, “We’re home.” It’s the moment most people are raving about, giving us our very first look at Harrison Ford reprising the role that flung him headfirst into mainstream Hollywood fame (followed closely, of course, by Indiana Jones).