In lieu of a new trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens during this year’s Comic-Con panel, JJ Abrams and a plethora of the film’s cast, both old and new, showcased an exclusive behind-the-scenes video for fans.
The video, above, is the first real look at the making of the film seen so far, and features both concept art and footage of the film, which opens in the UK on 18 December 2015. In addition to a look at some of the aliens new to the Star Wars saga, there’s interviews with Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, who talk about their experience on the set of the film, and also shots of returning cast members Warwick Davis and Peter Mayhew, who played Wookie Chewbacca in the original trilogy, as well as 2005’s Revenge of the Sith.
Interestingly, Simon Pegg is also seen in the video – both in and out of costume – implying he will be playing an alien. This is in line with comments he made to Vulture almost a year ago which seemed to suggest he would be in the film in some capacity, after admitting to visiting the set at the invitation of director and close friend JJ Abrams.
Although Abrams admitted a new trailer was not ready for showcasing at this year’s Comic-Con panel, it is possible new footage – most likely in the form of a new trailer – will be shown at Disney’s own D23 Expo, which is scheduled to take place in August. After the panel had ended, JJ and the cast led the entire audience to a nearby location, where they enjoyed a private orchestral concert showcasing music from the saga, accompanied by video footage broadcast to screens.
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Han Solo, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Gwendoline Christie, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac. It is currently set to open in the UK on 18 December 2015.