Daisey Ridley as Rey and John Boyega as Finn in a scene from "Star Wars: Episode VII -- The Force Awakens," directed by J.J. Abrams. The movie releases in the United States on Dec. 18, and it is already setting records for pre-opening ticket sales. PUBLICITY PHOTO
Daisey Ridley as Rey and John Boyega as Finn in a scene from "Star Wars: Episode VII -- The Force Awakens," directed by J.J. Abrams. The movie releases in the United States on Dec. 18, and it is already setting records for pre-opening ticket sales. PUBLICITY PHOTO Film Frame AP
Daisey Ridley as Rey and John Boyega as Finn in a scene from "Star Wars: Episode VII -- The Force Awakens," directed by J.J. Abrams. The movie releases in the United States on Dec. 18, and it is already setting records for pre-opening ticket sales. PUBLICITY PHOTO Film Frame AP

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