Star Wars fans hunt for clues in 88-second film

A screenshot from the new Star Wars trailer

A screenshot from the new Star Wars trailer

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JJ ABRAMS, the Hollywood director, knows how to keep science fiction fans happy.

Star Wars geeks spent the weekend poring over the 88-second trailer for next year’s The Force Awakens, the long-awaited seventh instalment of the science fiction saga.

Actors, from left, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia and Harrison Ford as Han Solo, appear in a scene from the first Star Wars, released in 1977

Actors, from left, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia and Harrison Ford as Han Solo, appear in a scene from the first Star Wars, released in 1977

The web verdict was largely positive; the look and feel of the promo suggests a return to the production values of the original trilogy rather than the computed generated approach of the poorly received follow-up films.

Eagle-eyed fans spotted that the Millennium Falcon spaceship had a square-shaped radar dish - in keeping with the destruction of the original circular dish at the end of 1983’s Return of the Jedi.

But opinions were sharply divided over the merits of the new triple-bladed lightsaber.

JJ Abrams, on the set of The Force Awakens

JJ Abrams, on the set of The Force Awakens

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