'Star Wars: The Force Awakens': Here's where you'll be able to see the new trailer

A new trailer for 'Force' will play with the theatrical release of 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' and may be online before then as well. If the new trailer is as cryptic as the first, is the secrecy surrounding the movie helping or hurting it?

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' stars John Boyega.

We now know when – and where – we’ll be able to see a new trailer for the upcoming “Star Wars” film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

A new trailer for “Force” will reportedly accompany the new Marvel movie “Avengers: Age of Ultron” when it hits theaters this May, according to YahoNews. In addition, the new footage will screen at California’s Star Wars Celebration convention this April, so Yahoo writer Ben Skipper estimates that the footage will probably be online before “Ultron” comes to theaters on May 1. 

The first clip for “Force” was released this past November. It was a cryptic trailer but did show actor John Boyega in a stormtrooper uniform, which in the original movies was worn by the soldiers of the evil Empire, as well as what appeared to be a droid, various ships, a red lightsaber with a special hilt, and of course the Millennium Falcon, the ship piloted by smuggler Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and his sidekick Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) in the original movies. 

Details on the movie’s plot are being heavily guarded, to put it mildly. Is this a good thing? Many “Star Wars” fans weren’t happy with the last three “Star Wars” films, which were prequels to the original trilogy and told the story of how Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) became the villain Darth Vader. Perhaps fans would be reassured about the upcoming films if they knew more about what they would cover.

And Abrams’ policy of secrecy had mixed results when it came to his “Star Trek” films. He kept the plot under wraps for the first movie, which was released in 2009 to general critical acclaim. However, some thought the secrecy backfired when it came to Abrams’ next “Star Trek” film, “Star Trek Into Darkness,” when actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who played famous "Trek" villain Khan in "Darkness," said in an interview with Access Hollywood, “I play a character called John and not that other name [Khan].” Abrams himself told MTV, “The truth is I think it probably would have been smarter just to say up front, 'This is who it is.'” 

However, in terms of “Star Wars,” one piece of information that was revealed by those behind the film did get many fans excited – the news that many of the original cast members are coming back. Those returning include Ford, Mark Hamill as Jedi knight Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker as droids C-3PO and R2D2, and Mayhew. Just knowing that may be enough for fans right now.

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