Filming is due to start next year.
Fast forward to release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015, and the stage was set for Brad to realize just how profoundly he'd been affected.
"It's nearly moving when you really think about how we've affected so many people, inspired so many people", he told fans.
We also got our first look at Benicio Del Toro, playing a character who can best be described as "extremely Benicio Del Toro".
Because that's the beauty of this galaxy - no matter how many people we meet or how many places we travel to, there are always new characters to fall in love with and new territory to explore. We now know Finn will light off on another mission in "The Last Jedi", teaming up with Kelly Marie Tran's Rose Tico, one of the resistance's trusty mechanics.
Speculation about Leia's role in the film has been rife since the passing of Carrie Fisher in December.
While there's still half a year to go until the film's premiere, a new feature as given us a few hints about what to expect from the film's Irish scenes.
Kathleen, the President of LucasFilms, has said she made the promise to returning star Carrie Fisher prior to her death, after her co-stars Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill took centre stage in the first two films in the rebooted trilogy. "And she told me never to shrink away from it-that it should be enjoyed". "Because I think of her in the present tense. How you doing?'" he said.
The Star Wars franchise is still going strong with the ninth in the franchise, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" being released in December.