Names of three new ‘Star Wars’ planets revealed ahead of ‘The Force Awakens’ release

Eagerly anticipated film hits cinemas on December 17

The names of three new planets in the Star Wars universe have been revealed.

With less than a month until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits cinemas, Empire have published a Lucasfilm star map which reveals the name and location of three new planets which fans will see in the upcoming movie. The desert planet of Jakku was already revealed in the buil up to the film’s release.

Joining Jakku on the list of new planets are Takodana, D’Qar and Hosnian Prime. Little is known of any of them, though Takodana is reported to be the setting for of one of the film’s major battle scenes. D’Qar is rumoured to be a resistance base while nothing is known of Hosnian Prime.

Empire’s map also points to the Starkiller Base, home of the First Order, located in the Unknown Regions.

Yesterday (November 26) saw a dark new teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has released online.

The minute-long clip, shared on the Star Wars Facebook page, shines a spotlight on Kylo Ren, the film’s hooded villain played by actor Adam Driver. Check it out below.

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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.