Star Wars Comic Con

There was neither new trailer nor movie slate news at the Star Wars Comic-Con panel, but director J.J. Abrams did show this behind-the-scenes glimpse at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens production that still managed to blow people’s socks off.

A mixture between practical effects and computer graphics is the way to go. The reel gave us our first official look at Carrie Fisher‘s Princess Leia and confirmed a rumor that Simon Pegg does in fact have a role in the film.

The third trailer won’t debut until this fall, so check out the Star Wars reel from Comic Con 2015 below. The Force Awakens opens Dec. 18.

It’s a killer reel, and I’m not even a Star Wars fan. You can also watch the Star Wars Comic Con panel in full.

Fans at San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H were treated to a special look behind the scenes of Star Wars:The Force Awakens by director J.J. Abrams, producer and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and writer Lawrence Kasdan. The filmmakers were joined on stage by cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford to the surprise and delight of fans.

At the end of the Hall H presentation, the entire Hall H audience of more than 6,000 fans were all invited to continue the celebration and join cast and filmmakers at a surprise Star Wars Fan Concert. The San Diego Symphony performed the classic Star Wars music from John Williams at the Embarcadero Marina Park South.