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Star Wars: The Force Awakens has a trailer and a new lightsaber

Alex Abad-Santos is a senior correspondent who explains what society obsesses over, from Marvel and movies to fitness and skin care. He came to Vox in 2014. Prior to that, he worked at the Atlantic.

The teaser trailer to Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens was released on Friday, ending an excruciating wait for fans around the country and beginning the countdown to December 18, 2015 — the day the movie storms into theaters.

While we don't get to see series newcomer Lupita Nyong'o or the series' legendary stars like Harrison Ford, we do get to see quick shots of spacecraft zipping around the galaxy, John Boyega in a storm trooper uniform, a cute robot, and this take-your-breath-away moment of a broadsword-like lightsaber:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens