Confirmed: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ trailer to arrive online this Friday

The franchise's official Twitter account shared the good news earlier tonight (November 26)

The trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is to arrive online this Friday (November 28), the franchise’s official Twitter account has confirmed.

It had already been announced that the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be shown at a total of nine cinemas in the US over the coming Thanksgiving weekend, but previously it was unknown when the promo clip would be made available for wider viewing.

The new Star Wars film is being directed by JJ Abrams and takes place 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jedi. Plot details leaked online in August suggest the film will follow the search for missing Jedi Master Luke Skywalker against the backdrop of the threat posed by a weapon of mass destruction. The film’s script was penned by Abrams, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt and Star Wars franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan. George Lucas contributed to its story.

Alongside the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, JJ Abrams has also cast Andy Serkis, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow and British actress Christina Chong.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to open in cinemas on December 18, 2015.