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Your ‘Star Wars’ update: New trailer, new game, new posters but still no Luke

Kylo Ren and Stormtroopers menace our heroes in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” opening in the U.S. Dec. 18
Kylo Ren and Stormtroopers menace our heroes in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” opening in the U.S. Dec. 18 Lucasfilm | Disney

Now that all that World Series craziness is over, let’s geek out on some stuff in that galaxy far, far away (which is coming out very, very soon).

▪ This week saw the release of an international trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which is full of new footage. Our favorite moment: Kylo Ren threatens Rey (Daisy Ridley) with his broadsword light saber.

Luke Skywalker is still MIA, and there’s a whole faction of “Star Wars” fans hypothesizing this means Luke has turned to the Dark Side. The new trailer stokes that debate as Kylo Ren says to the burned-up Darth Vader mask, “I will fulfill our destiny.”

Why “our destiny”? Could this mean the online hillbillies are correct and Kylo Ren could be Luke Skywalker? Director JJ Abrams, who always inserts some sort of “mystery box” in his stories (What was in the train car in “Super 8”? What was in the hatch in “Lost”? Who was Benedict Cumberbatch really playing in “Star Trek: Into Darkness”?), has said Luke’s absence is no accident.

▪ But if Kylo Ren isn’t Luke, then Luke also wasn’t among the character posters released this week.

In addition to Kylo Ren and Ridley’s Rey, there’s John Boyega’s Finn, Carrie Fisher’s Leia, and Harrison Ford’s Han Solo.

Folks took to Photoshop and other means to make fun of the posters’ signature look, namely something obscuring the left side of their face. (Film critic Jackson Murphy tweeted, “These new Star Wars character posters need the tagline “May the Force Be Right in Your Face.”)

▪ Meanwhile, the filmmakers granted the dying wish of a 31-year-old Texas man suffering from an aggressive cancer and let him see an early cut of the film.

Daniel Fleetwood’s wife, Ashley, tweeted, “We would like to thank the awesomely talented director JJ Abrams for calling us yesterday to tell us Daniel was getting his wish granted.”

Daniel, whose lungs are said to be now 90 percent full of tumors, according to his wife, told People magazine earlier that “If I got to see the movie, I might actually die from happiness.”

▪ Finally, even though “The Force Awakens” doesn’t hit theaters until December, the new “Star Wars: Battlefront” becomes available to gamers on Nov. 17. The beta version released in October was played by more than 9.5 million people for more than 1.6 billion minutes. (EA says that’s enough time to watch the original trilolgy 4.2 million times.)

The game looks fantastic, but don’t just take our word for it. Watch below:

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