‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer Surpasses 20 Million Views on YouTube in First 24 Hours (Video)

The first trailer for “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” also unsurprisingly sent #StarWars trending on Twitter and Facebook

“Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” doesn’t come out for another year, but fans of the legendary series have awoken after the first trailer was released Friday.

In a little over 24 hours, the  one-and-a-half-minute preview that shows a new robed villain handling what appears to be the next evolution in lightsaber technology, has reached over 20 million views on YouTube, and is a top trender on both Twitter and Facebook.


And megafan Kevin Smith reacted to the trailer, praising “his God George Lucas” and recounted what watching the trailer made him think of: “Cynicism and crap comes along with being a fat middle-aged man; goes away in the face of this trailer–at least it did for me.”

On Facebook, the trailer has 156,590 likes to date, 124,300 shares, and has over 10,000 comments.

Watch the trailer below