Following a long wait with teasers, snippets and working versions of robotic characters to whet the appetite, the third and final (or first and last if you classify what came before as teasers rather than trailers) full-length trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has debuted.

The trailer premiered in the US on Monday Night Football on ESPN, which is owned by Disney, the company that bought Lucasfilm – and the Star Wars jewel in its crown – for US$4 billion in 2012. After George Lucas took the helm for episodes I to III (and the original IV), JJ Abrams brings his directorial clout to the seventh instalment in the Star Wars franchise, for what is one of the most hotly anticipated movies in history.

The new trailer doesn't provide many details in terms of plot lines, but shows new characters in action, along with appearances from old favorites including Chewbacca, R2-D2, and a more mature Princess Leia and Han Solo.

The trailer follows the release of the official poster, which follows the same style of posters from earlier Star Wars films, and signals the opening of advance bookings – although many outlets jumped the gun and began taking bookings early.

You can check out the new trailer below, along with the preceding teasers (or trailers, or teaser trailers...).

Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives in theaters worldwide on December 18.

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