The teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is now available to watch online.

Last week we reported that the teaser would play in select cinemas from today and over the weekend.

The trailer opens with a shot of a desert – presumably Tattooine – before John Boyega pops into shot looking rather distressed and wearing a Stormtrooper’s outfit. This is followed by a shot of a new droid rolling across Tattooine before newcomer Daisy Ridley appears, riding a speeder across the sands.

As a whole, it’s got quite a sinister tone, with a voice discussing the merits of the light and dark sides of the force. Elsewhere in the trailer we get to see X-Wings skimming over a lake, along with a brief flash of TIE Fighters. Stormtroopers and rebel fighters are also peppered throughout, though sadly Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are all absent.

The two highlights, however, have to be the appearance of a mysterious Sith towards the end of the trailer, bearing a new type of lightsaber with a crossguard. And, finally, the entire thing is rounded out by a glorious shot of the Millennium Falcon, shooting over the sands of Tattooine pursued by TIE Fighters.

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