There has been an awakening. Have you felt it? Entertainment Weekly has released a bunch of new images from the hugely anticipated movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
We get some of our first looks at Domnhall Gleeson's evil General Nux and Gwendoline Christie's Captain Phasma, while also getting fresh glimpses at our new lead trio played by John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac.
The desert world of Jakku is prominently featured and we also get a sense of who these new characters are and how they'll fit into the ever-expanding Star Wars universe.
If you patiently put together some of the pieces of the puzzle, a faint outline of a plot begins to take shape.
And as a bonus, there are also images of fan-favourites R2D2 with C3PO and Han Solo with Chewbacca.
As part of their fall movie preview issue, which arrives on stands this Friday, EW will profile more than 75 movies including interviews with Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo Di Caprio, Angelina Jolie, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, Tom Hardy, Cate Blanchett and Idris Elba.
But the centerpiece has to be their in-depth report on JJ Abrams' 'movie of the year'.
Here are some of the questions EW promises answers to in their latest issue:
Before signing on to direct, what was the question Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy asked Abrams about the galaxy that made him decide he had to know the answer, even if it meant devising it himself?
Who is Adam Driver’s villainous wielder of the crossguard-lightsaber? What is his relationship with Darth Vader … and is Kylo Ren his original name?
What was it like on Harrison Ford’s first day back on the clock as Han Solo, when he finally set foot back on the Millennium Falcon after three decades?
From whom (or what) does Daisy Ridley’s character Rey rescue the ball-droid BB-8 amid the desolate sands of Jakku?
Which cult-horror movie inspired one of the main characters, and what cuddly child’s toy led to the name of another?What are the odds Abrams may come back for Episode IX?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is beyond a doubt the most awaited film of the year. It stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac Adam Driver and 'legacy' players Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. These new images really emphasise the proximity of the December 18 release date. And all of a sudden, Star Wars is upon us.
While you wait, catch up on the trailer