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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Poster Revealed, Tickets Go On Sale Monday

Lucasfilm and Disney release new image and will debut trailer at halftime on ESPN’s ”Monday Night Football“

Just 24 hours after Disney and Lucas film unveiled the poster for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” tickets to will go on sale and the trailer will be released Monday, Lucasfilm announced Sunday.

The clip will air on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” during halftime of the National Football League  game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia. The game starts at 5:15 p.m. PDT/8:15 p.m. EDT on the cable network, which is owned by Disney.

To commence the countdown for the trailer’s launch, Lucasfilm on Sunday released the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” poster worldwide (above). It immediately became a trending topic on Twitter and got rave reviews from fans.

The first live-action entry in George Lucas‘ iconic sci-fi film franchise in more than a decade will debut in the United States and globally on Wednesday, Dec. 18. “The Force Awakens” is expected to be a global blockbuster, and first-day ticket sales could break records.

“The Force Awakens” is directed by J.J. Abrams and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow, with Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker reprising their roles from previous “Star Wars” films.

The story is set approximately 30 years after the events of 1983’s “Return of the Jedi.”

“The Force Awakens” will be the first film in the planned “Star Wars trilogy” announced after Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in October 2012.

Fandango’s top-selling first day of presales took place on Feb. 22, 2012, when “The Hunger Games” advance tickets went on sale. That broke the record set by “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” on May 14, 2010.