The highly anticipated full trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens was unveiled two months before the film hits cinemas, to the delight of fans on social media.

While Irish eyes were searching the trailer for a glimpse of Kerry’s Skellig Michael, fans will have to wait for the film’s release in December to see how the famous monastic retreat looks with a Hollywood makeover.

The Force Awakens, the seventh film in the franchise, is one of the most anticipated movies of the year, with flurries of excitement accompanying each trailer. The second teaser trailer, which debuted in April, has had more than 64m views on YouTube to date.

High demand has seen many fans complain of websites crashing as they tried to buy tickets.

The trailer opens with Daisy Ridley’s character Rey and John Boyega’s Finn questioning their places in the galaxy, before new antagonist Kylo Ren, played by Girls star Adam Driver, promises to finish what Darth Vader started.

There are also glimpses of the stars of the original trilogy, with Harrison Ford’s Han Solo and Peter Mayhew’s Chewbacca appearing, as well as a fleeting glimpse of Carrie Fisher as Leia.

New ‘Star Wars’ protagonists Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega) in a scene from the latest trailer for the latest installment of the sci-fi franchise, which hits Irish cinemas on December 17
New ‘Star Wars’ protagonists Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega) in a scene from the latest trailer for the latest installment of the sci-fi franchise, which hits Irish cinemas on December 17

There are sweeping shots of the Millennium Falcon, storm troopers, and plenty of light sabre action, all accompanied by the classic John Williams score. Curiously missing from the footage, however, is Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, leading to a flurry of speculation online among fans. Hamill is also missing from the newly unveiled theatrical poster

A Star Wars crew descended on Skellig Michael last year to shoot scenes for the upcoming movie with Hamill and last month the crew returned to film more sequences for Episode VIII.

Hamill, took time out after the shoot surprised and delighted locals in The Bridge Bar in Portmagee when he stopped by to learn how to pull a few pints.

Meanwhile, Jurassic World star Chris Pratt was among those excited about the film’s release. “I think it looks absolutely awesome. So pumped for Star Wars! Plus I’m down for anything with Oscar Isaac,” he said on Twitter.

TV presenter Lizo Mzimba tweeted: “Some lovely images in the new starwars trailer plus finally little bit of plot. And and and beautiful John Williams music.”

The trailer’s release coincides with the launch of tickets for the film and directly after the unveiling of the theatrical poster.

However, fans were left frustrated after cinema websites struggled to cope with demand when advance tickets went on sale on Monday at 8am.

VIDEO: New faces and old in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ trailer

The film is a continuation of the saga created by George Lucas and is set 30 years after Star Wars: Episode VI — Return Of The Jedi.

It is directed by JJ Abrams and also stars Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, and Max von Sydow.

Glimpses of the film have trickled out since the first teaser trailer was unveiled in November 2014. Other footage, including a behind-the-scenes reel shown at Comic-Con and a special Instagram scene, left fans hungry for more.

The world premiere of Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens takes place in Los Angeles on December 14 ahead of a release here on December 17.

VIDEO: New faces and old in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ trailer


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