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Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens character guide

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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