New trailer offers glimpse of upcoming Star Wars film

Star Wars fans got another glimpse into The Last Jedi with Walt Disney Pictures releasing a new trailer ahead of the film's December 15, 2017 release date.

(REUTERS) - Star Wars fans got another glimpse into The Last Jedi on Wednesday (Nov 1) with Walt Disney Pictures releasing a new trailer ahead of the film's Dec 15, 2017 release date. The release aired on broadcast television during game seven of Major League Baseball's World Series.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi picks up where the Star Wars: The Force Awakens left off with the mysterious force-wielding Rey (Daisy Ridley) coming face to face with the central Jedi of the original trilogy, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).

Returning to the franchise are John Boyega as Finn, the late Carrie Fisher as Leia, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Andy Serkis as the menacing Snoke and Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron alongside some of the more quirky characters in the franchise, C-3PO, R2-D2, BB8 and Chewbacca.

Three major characters have been added to the franchise, including Kelly Marie Tran as Rose, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo and Benicio Del Toro as an unknown character called DJ.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been written and directed by Rian Johnson. Back in July, both Johnson and Hamill told Reuters to expect surprises as there are some "unexpected choices" in this second film of the new trilogy.