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Star Wars: The Force Awakens' first TV ad features an unfamiliar voice

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We've gone through the official trailers, now we have the first official TV spot advertisement for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Star Wars' official Twitter sent that out this morning, and the video offers some new and different looks at what has been revealed so far of the film's story. The voice-over appears to be from Lupita Nyong'o's character, Maz Kanata, a pirate to whom we have yet to be formally introduced.

Her vocals also featured in the much-discussed Japan trailer that released earlier this week. Absent, still, is Luke Skywalker, not just in form and voice, but note how the main Star Wars theme — which John Williams composed as Luke Skywalker's theme — is not in this at all.

Skywalker's theme finished the first teaser, wasn't in the second or the Japan trailer and comes in very slowly at the end of the official trailer. This is deliberate, as director J.J. Abrams has been keeping mum on how Skywalker figures into the movie's story and holding him out of promotional material. They can't extend that entirely to his song because, hey, that's the freaking Star Wars theme right there. But the film's marketers have conspicuously minimized its presence.

The recognizable music you have heard more of in The Force Awakens' official trailer, and the Japan trailer have been Han Solo and Princess Leia's theme (the "love theme" of The Empire Strikes Back), Obi-Wan Kenobi's theme and then flourishes from Yoda's theme in Empire and the closing credits of the series.

Look, everyone's gonna pick apart the scenes; I like picking apart the music.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens premieres Dec. 18 in North America.