A NEW trailer and poster for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been released, offering fans a first peek at the sci-fi franchise’s eighth episode.

The two-minute teaser trailer begins with Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, apparently clambering over the mountain where she faced Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) at the end of the last instalment, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

It also appears to give a short glimpse from behind of the late actress Carrie Fisher, who filmed a reprise of her role as Princess Leia before her death last year.

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She died aged 60 in December after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles.

The film, which will open in cinemas on December 15, will also see the return of Hamill along with Adam Driver, who plays Kylo Ren.

Its new trailer promises more dramatic battle scenes as well as some stunning scenery shots and the famous original score.

The Disney production is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman.

Disney’s chief executive Bob Iger recently assured fans that further images of Fisher would not be digitally recreated for the film, saying “her performance, which we’re really pleased with, remains as it was.”