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(L-R) Moderator Chris Hardwick, producer Kathleen Kennedy, director J.J. Abrams and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan at the Hall H Panel for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' during Comic-Con International 2015. Getty

Fans who attended the San Diego Comic-Con panel for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” didn’t get to see a new trailer for the film. However, they were far from disappointed with the showcase from J.J. Abrams and the cast.

The director announced that a new trailer for the film would be coming sometime in the fall, with the movie premiering in December. Unfortunately, that meant that there was no shocking new footage of the film for the crowd in Hall H in San Diego. However, that doesn’t mean there was nothing to show. In the behind-the-scenes video (below), fans were treated to their first look at both new and returning characters as well as a brief history lesson on what “Star Wars” has meant for people over the years.

To help ensure that no teaser gets lost in the shuffle of the behemoth that is the San Diego Comic-Con, below are a few things you may have missed in the newly released behind-the-scenes video.

Practical Effects

The trailer began by inviting people to take a look at the way Abrams brought “Star Wars” to life again for a modern age. While it would have been easy to just put everyone on a green screen stage and add the movie magic in later, the way George Lucas did with the infamous prequel trilogy, the video revealed that “The Force Awakens” will rely heavily on practical effects rather than CGI. That’s not to say the film will be without computer-generated effects, but the team brought out some advanced puppets of new alien characters to show the crowd in Hall H that they built the real thing for this movie. iO9 even has a clip of the moment Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy introduced one such puppet.


The second teaser trailer for the movie showed an empire starship in ruins on a desert planet. This behind-the-scenes footage, in addition to shots featuring the Millennium Falcon, showed a broken down Tie Fighter. It shares a similar color scheme with the armor of “Game of Thrones” actress Gwendoline Christie’s character Captain Phasma, but it’s unconfirmed if the vehicle belongs to the villain or not.

Scotty Cameo

It simply wouldn't’t be a J.J. Abrams science fiction movie if it didn’t feature his “Star Trek” buddy Simon Pegg. After previously denying rumors that he’ll appear in the film, Simon Pegg is very clearly sporting some alien attire on the set of “Star Wars: Episode 7.” It’s worth mentioning that there’s no telling exactly who he’ll play or if his character will be anyone of consequence. After all, in the video Pegg seems so thrilled to simply be on the set of a “Star Wars” movie. As CollegeHumor fans will note, he even tried to remake the first “Star Wars” with his friend Nick Frost a few years back.

Old Dogs, New Tricks

As fans will know, the below video isn’t the first time we’ve been treated to a look at Harrison Ford as Han Solo in the newest film. However, he’s not the only one reprising his role from the original trilogy. For the first time ever fans got to see Carrie Fisher in full costume reprising her iconic role as Princess Leia - and yes, she’s ditched the bun hairstyle in her older years. Interestingly enough, a lot of the outfit looked similar to images that were leaked prior to the event. It’s possible it could lend credence to other leaked rumors spilling from the production of the movie. Purposefully left out of the teaser is a costumed Mark Hamill, although the actor shows up as a talking head. Rumors indicate that the return of Skywalker will mark a big plot point in the upcoming sequel.

Unfortunately, fans will just have to wait until the fall to know for sure what’s in store for “The Force Awakens” when it hits theaters on Dec. 18. As The Verge notes, Abrams said the trailer won’t arrive until autumn. So, theoretically, fans may just have to wait a couple months to see Luke Skywalker in action.

In the meantime, check out the video below and comment or tweet your thoughts to @TylerMcCarthy.