Fans can hop aboard a speeder and cruise through the Jakku desert in a tease of from the upcoming The Force Awakens

By Alexis L. Loinaz
Updated September 24, 2015 12:30 PM

It may not be a jump to hyperspace, but eager fans of Star Wars: The Force Awakens are getting the next best thing.

A nifty new video has been posted on the official Star Wars Facebook page, providing an immersive, interactive glimpse at the upcoming film’s eye-popping new universe.

In the clip, fans are treated to a first-person view as they zip along the Jakku desert riding a land speeder. And what a view it is: Riders steer through wreckage, above dunes and past curious sights. There’s a crashed Imperial Star Destroyer, a strange creature, as well as a pair of hovercraft nearby.

The Jakku desert, which resembles the barren sandscapes of Luke and Anakin Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine, figures prominently in The Force Awakens – it’s front and center in the trailer, and fan sites characterize it as a desolate planet in a “remote section of the Outer Rim Territories” populated by all manner of lowlife.

(Listen closely and you’ll hear soccer-ball droid BB-8, although the little fella doesn’t appear to be rolling along on the dunes themselves.)

The Force Awakens, which picks up after the events depicted in Return of the Jedi, reunites original stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, alongside franchise newbies John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac and Lupita Nyong’o.

It jumps into hyperspace – and into theaters – on Dec. 18.