Watch the trailer for the new Star Wars film 'The Last Jedi'

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The first trailer for the upcoming Star Wars film was released Friday at the Star Wars Celebration, a convention to mark the 40th anniversary of the release.

The upcoming film, titled "The Last Jedi," is the eighth movie in the series connected to the original Star Wars trilogy, which was released in the late 1970s and early 80s.

The film marks the second appearance for Star Wars actors Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, is expected to have a larger role in the film compared to his last appearance in "The Force Awakens." Also, despite her tragic death, the filmmakers featured the late Carrie Fisher in her role as Princess Leia.

Star Wars fans had mixed reviews for the 2015 film because it drew some similarities to the original Star Wars film and said it lacked creativity, but social media exploded with reactions to the newest trailer.

The film is expected to be released on Dec. 15.

Copyright 2017 WOIO. All rights reserved.