VIDEO: Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer

First trailer for Episode VII unveiled online and in US cinemas

This weekend, the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was unveiled online and in US cinemas.

The 88-second glimpse of the new film offers fans a first look at Episode VII, the first new addition to the Star Wars series since 2005.

And, with shots of the Millennium Falcon and a new, cross-shaped lightsaber featuring within the official clip, the trailer has lit the internet on fire - with fans so far racking up 25 million views and counting on YouTube.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which reunites original stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, is scheduled to be released in cinemas on December 18th, 2015.

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