First ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ trailer to debut this Friday

Trailer will play at select US cinemas over the coming Thanksgiving weekend

The trailer for the new Star Wars film is to debut this Friday (November 28).

The promo clip for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be shown at a total of nine cinemas in the US over the coming Thanksgiving weekend, it has been announced. It’s not yet known when the trailer will be released to other cinemas or appear online.

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, Max von Sydow and Carrie Fisher, JJ Abrams has also cast Andy Serkis, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and British actress Christina Chong.

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