“Star Wars” had a Thanksgiving treat for impatient fans — a new, minute-long spot for “The Force Awakens,” which features a better look at Adam Driver’s villainous Kylo Ren, who — while initially believed to be a Sith thanks to his red crossguard lightsaber — has been revealed to be a member of the mysterious Knights of Ren, and a devoted follower of Darth Vader. In one of the new shots, we even see Daisy Ridley’s Rey firing a blaster at Ren, who manages to deflect the shots with his blade.
While the first trailer for the hotly-anticipated sequel began with the ominous voiceover, “There has been an awakening… have you felt it?” the new promo reveals a little more of that conversation, believed to be between Kylo Ren and First Order boss Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), who has remained unseen in the promotional materials for “Episode VII” so far (much like Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker).
The footage also places a greater emphasis on some of the film’s battle scenes, featuring shots of Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron as the X-Wing fighter engages in an explosive dogfight with the First Order’s TIE Fighters.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens in theaters on Dec. 18. The film recently received a PG-13 rating, only the second film in the franchise to do so.