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Watch: Star Wars The Last Jedi trailer - featuring epic battles, Kerry's Skellig Michael, and Carrie Fisher in one of her final roles

The full-length trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been released, whipping fans into a frenzy for its Christmas release.

The two-and-a-half-minute clip picks up where the previous film in the saga, The Force Awakens, left off as Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, encounters Luke Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill.

The scenes were filmed on the Irish island of Skellig Michael off the coast of Co Kerry.

The trailer also shows Carrie Fisher in one of the final roles she filmed before her death.

The actress, who died aged 60 in December 2016, played Princess Leia in the hit franchise.

The trailer features close-ups of her pensive-looking character.

John Boyega, who plays Finn, has previously said of Fisher that the film “sends her off in a very amazing way.”

“She is still kept alive in this franchise and that’s the beauty of it – she lives forever in a sense,” the British star told US broadcaster ABC.

Last Jedi director Rian Johnson advised fans to watch the trailer – after initially suggesting he was “torn” about whether those who want to enjoy the film without any spoilers should see it.

But he then added on Twitter: “Forget everything I said and watch it, watch it, watch it.”

The trailer also features epic battle scenes complete with stormtroopers and the Millennium Falcon, Chewbacca and one of the newer creatures in the franchise – a Porg.

Fans could not get enough of the tease from the film, calling it “incredible” and “the greatest trailer ever made”.

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