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Monday 18 December 2017

Domhnall absent from Star Wars teaser trailer

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THE movie isn't opening for more than a year but Star Wars geeks got their first new glimpse of a Galaxy Far, Far Away for the first time in almost decade as a teaser trailer hit the internet.

Irish fans will be disappointed that there was no preview of local star Domhnall Gleeson or Kerry location Skellig Michael.

Meanwhile, director JJ Abrams kept shots of returning characters Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia under wraps.

However, the 88-second trailer did feature the Millennium Falcon in action for the first time since 1983's Return of the Jedi.

And it was packed with droids, X-fighters and light-sabers which will keep the series' dedicated following happy and speculating about the plot, at least 'til the next trailer hits.

The only stars who appear are John Boyega - best known for the film Attack the Block - who wears a stormtrooper uniform and fellow British actor Daisy Ridley who is seen on a speeder bike.

Stars of the original films, including Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, are returning for Star Wars, The Force Awakens which is set for release on December 18, 2015.

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Mark Hamill, who plays ageing Jedi Luke Skywalker, was spotted filming in Co Kerry during the summer as was Abrams.

Local boats were hired to ferry crew and equipment to the remote Skellig Michael UNESCO World Heritage site, rumoured to be Skywalker's hideout in the new film.

Domhnall Gleeson, who has appeared in blockbusters like the last Harry Potter film as well as more arty fare like Lenny Abrahamson's Frank, has said he's "extremely excited" about his as-yet top secret role in Star Wars.

"I don't want to say too much about it because I am terrified I will accidentally give the entire story away," he said shortly after landing the coveted part.

He'll next be seen on stage alongside his father Brendan and brother Brian in the play the Walworth Farce in Dublin's Olympia theatre in January.

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