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Dark new 'Star Wars' teaser focuses on Adam Driver's villain Kylo Ren - watch

J.J. Abrams' film has just been given a PG-13 rating in the US

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A dark new teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been released as the US celebrates Thanksgiving.

The minute-long clip, shared on the Star Wars Facebook page earlier today (November 26), shines a spotlight on Kylo Ren, the film's hooded villain played by Girls actor Adam Driver. Check it out below.

We will face them. December 18, 2015. #TheForceAwakens

Posted by Star Wars Movies on Thursday, November 26, 2015


Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in the UK on Thursday, December 17, a day earlier than in the US. The Motion Picture Association of America has given the film a PG-13 rating based on its "sci-fi action violence", which makes it only the second Star Wars film not to be rated PG.

The story takes place 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jed but specific plot details are being kept tightly under wraps. The film's script was penned by director JJ Abrams, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt and Star Wars franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan.

Alongside Adam Driver and the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, the film's cast includes Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o and Andy Serkis. Abrams has recently revealed that Carrie Fisher's Leia will not be referred to as "Princess" in the film, but has instead been given a new, more military-sounding title.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that the film will feature a character apparently named after a Beastie Boys album.

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