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Abrams is holding back plenty of revelations for 17 December

You have to hand it to the film-maker and the marketing people at Lucas film/Disney. Despite the first teaser trailer having been released almost a year ago, and numerous Star Wars specials in US and UK magazines, we still don’t have much of a clue about many of the key characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The Force Awakens Cast
Star Wars Episode VII, The Force Awakens Cast

Where were Lupita Nyong’s Maz Kanata, Domhnall Gleeson’s General Hux and Andy Serkis’s Supreme Leader Snoke, rumored to be Kylo Ren’s boss, in the new trailer? Max von Sydow’s unnamed character is also missing, and we get just a fleeting glimpse of Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma – though we’ve seen photographs of the latter before. What this means – providing nothing changes in the next two months – is that viewers will be walking into the cinema in December with a genuine sense of anticipation, rather than the feeling that they’ve already seen most of the action in trailers and clips. Even Yoda would have struggled to predict that.

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