Star Wars Episode 7 The Force Awakens

The first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will debut this Friday.

Confirmation comes in a tweet from US cinema chain Regal Cinemas, who confirmed the trailer will be revealed at select theatres.

The assumption is that the trailer will also be released online around the same time.

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"This Friday, the world premiere of Star Wars Episode VII trailer will be revealed at select North America theatres," reads the Regal Cinemas website. "Be one of the first to experience the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the following Regal locations. The trailer will debut before all movies starting November 28 - November 30."

They then list Irvine, San Diego, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Warrington, Knoxville, Houston and Seattle as the participating cinemas included.

In recent weeks speculation has ramped up suggesting the world would get its first glimpse at Star Wars: Episode 7 before the end of the year.

We now know that it will be this weekend, due to it being Thanksgiving in the US. A trailer for Jurassic World - one of the next year's other biggest films - will also be debuting this Friday.

Star Wars: Episode 7 stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Max von Sydow, and Gwendoline Christie opposite returning actors Mark Hamill, Harrson Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, and Anthony Daniels.

Directed by Star Trek and Super 8's JJ Abrams, Star Wars: Episode 7 - The Force Awakens will be released on 18 December 2015.