New trailer for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens': Wait, was that Luke?

The third trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" makes its way to YouTube mere minutes after its big debut on ESPN Monday night.

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Finn, played by John Boyega, gets ready for a lightsaber showdown in the newest trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Video screenshot by Danny Gallagher/CNET

If you're a giant "Star Wars" fan, waiting for the new trailer during Monday night's NFL game between the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles game was well worth it. If you are also a New York Giants fan, then maybe not so much.

ESPN aired the third trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" during the halftime break of the game, and it popped up on the official YouTube channel for Star Wars shortly after its television premiere.

The trailer, which lasts just over two minutes, is packed with all sorts of goodies that reference the original films and show some spectacular glimpses of the new installment we'll get in December. It was a bit of a letdown if you were hoping to catch your first official glimpse of Mark Hamill's return to the role of Luke Skywalker, though there's a hooded figure with a robotic hand that looks like it could be him.

Eye-catching images from the third 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer (pictures)

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Check out the trailer below and visit our gallery above for a breakdown of some the scenes and faces that made an appearance in the new trailer.

It's been an eventful couple of days for those awaiting the new Star Wars movie. New footage from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" dropped over the weekend, and tickets went on sale for opening night worldwide Monday. Disney and Lucasfilm also released the new movie poster.

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" opens in theaters in Europe and Australia on December 17 and on December 18 in the US.