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Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens character guide

Published 04/12/2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens character guide
Star Wars: The Force Awakens character guide
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will released in the UK on 17 December 2015
An image taken from the Star Wars YouTube channel of a scene from the trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
The Force Awakens is the latest instalment in the Star Wars franchise
The trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted on US TV
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits UK cinemas on December 17
Star Wars characters outside the Disney store in London
Millions of fans have taken to YouTube to watch the latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer.
Millions of fans have taken to YouTube to watch the latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer.
The next instalment, The Force Awakens, will be in cinemas in December
Mark Hamill will return to play Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Warwick Davis will appear in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Oscar Isaac stars in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The new Millennium Falcon will be seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
John Boyega has addressed people who criticised his casting in Episode VII
A scene from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Excitement is building after the trailer of Star Wars: Episode VII —The Force Awakens
Stills from the forthcoming Star Wars film were released online
Stills from the forthcoming Star Wars film were released online
Stills from the forthcoming Star Wars film were released online
The cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens have a read through
The Force Awakens is due to come out next December
Harrison Ford broke his leg during filming on the new Star Wars movie, which is to be called The Force Awakens
Star War Episode VII: The Force Awakens showing Star Wars newcomer Daisy Ridley riding a hover bike

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, set 30 years after the Battle of Endor in the climax to Return of the Jedi (1983), sees characters old and new face off, once again, in a battle between good and evil.

Check out our character guide, above, to find out who's who in the Star Wars sequel. Click on the magnifying glass (top-right) to view full screen image.

The seventh film in the sci-fi series, sold more than 200,000 pre-sale cinema tickets within the first 24 hours of release in October - more than any other film, including the new James Bond adventure Spectre.

The advance sales coincided with the release of the full trailer for the new film, unveiled two months before the film hits cinemas.

The trailer - which debuted on US television at half-time during an American football game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia and was also released online - opens with Daisy Ridley's character Rey and John Boyega's Finn questioning their places in the galaxy, before new antagonist Kylo Ren, played by Girls star Adam Driver, promises to finish what Darth Vader started.

There are also glimpses of the stars of the original trilogy, with Harrison Ford's Han Solo and Peter Mayhew's Chewbacca appearing, as well as a fleeting glimpse of Carrie Fisher as Leia.

Missing from the footage is Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker but there are sweeping shots of the Millennium Falcon, Storm Troopers and plenty of action accompanied by a soaring score.

Directed by JJ Abrams, the film is a continuation of the saga created by George Lucas and is set 30 years after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi.

It also stars Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels and Max von Sydow.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in UK cinemas on December 17

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