‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ given PG-13 rating in the US

J.J. Abrams' film is only the second 'Star Wars' instalment not to receive a lower PG rating

The new Star Wars movie has been given a PG-13 rating in the US.

J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens is only the second Star Wars instalment not to be released in the US with a lower PG rating. George Lucas’s final Star Wars film, 2005’s Revenge Of The Sith, was also rated PG-13.

The Motion Picture Association of America gave The Force Awakens its rating based on the film’s “sci-fi action violence”. The British Board of Film Classification has yet to announce its certificate in the UK.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in the UK on Thursday, December 17, a day earlier than in the US. 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 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, Adam Driver 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. Watch the final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens below: