Mark Hamill explains why he, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher aren’t in ‘Star Wars’ trailer

First trailer for JJ Abrams 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' debuted at end of November

Mark Hamill has explained why he and fellow Star Wars veterans Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher don’t appear in the new film’s trailer.

The first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens from director JJ Abrams premiered on November 28 – and franchise creator George Lucas has since admitted that he hasn’t watched it.

In an interview with Yahoo! Movies, Luke Skywalker actor Hamill confirmed that he has watched the trailer before discussing his absence from it.

“This is about the new generation of characters; I think that’s the most important thing. It’s the opening act of a whole new approach to the storytelling,” he said.

Hamill, 63, then added later: “When George [Lucas] said that they wanted to do more, I rightly assumed that it wouldn’t be our story, because we had a beginning, a middle, and an end. This must be our offspring and the current generation, with us there lending the kind of support that Peter Cushing and Alec Guinness did in the original. So no, that didn’t surprise me. And I mean, I’m one of those people where I just think, ‘Keep me out of it. I’ll ruin it, I’m sure!’ I’ll show up and just ruin the whole thing.”

The new Star Wars film 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 a missing 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. Lucas, who is now retired, contributed to its story.

Alongside the returning trio of Hamill, Ford and Fisher, JJ Abrams has also cast Isaac, Ridley, Boyega, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow and British actress Christina Chong. Abrams has recently revealed the names of some of the new characters.

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