Disney's value soars with Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer

Disney's share price has risen on the back of the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer

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Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher

The new two-minute clip of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' added $2 billion to the value of Disney.

The trailer of the much-discussed movie premiered at an event in California yesterday (16.04.15), causing a dramatic increase in Disney's share value.

Disney acquired the rights to the 'Star Wars' franchise from George Lucas' Lucasfilm company in 2012, and speaking at the time, Robert Iger, Disney's chairman and chief executive, said the company "reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder".

He added: "This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney's unique and unparalleled creativity."

Meanwhile, Carrie Fisher has revealed Princess Leia will not wear her legendary bun hairstyle in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'.

Carrie, 58, reprises the role of the princess in the new film, but has warned fans to expect her appearance to have evolved.

She joked: "The buns are tired now - so no you're not going to have the futuristic buns.

"We have an alternate thing that I think you'll be into - that is not the metal bikini, I promise."

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' opens in December 2015.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • 5 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 136 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
  • Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker
  • UK release: 17 December 2015

From the ashes of the Empire, the villainous First Order rises up to destroy Luke Skywalker (Hamill) – but where is he? Fans can rejoice: Episode VII is sensational and surprisingly emotional, with a finely-crafted script and effects that never overpower the performances. Star Wars is back in a big way.

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