Star Wars: The Force Awakens to be Released Early in the UK and France

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 - 10:01AM
Star Wars
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 - 10:01AM
Star Wars: The Force Awakens to be Released Early in the UK and France
Star Wars fans, it's time to book your tickets to Paris or London, because JJ Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens is being released in the UK and France before it hits theaters anywhere else in the world. The movie event of the century will kick off early in Europe, with Brits getting to see The Force Awakens a day early on December 17th and France receiving the movie two days early, on December 16th. Official Star Wars Twitter accounts for the regions broke the news yesterday, and just like that, millions of (North American) voices all cried out in terror.



Before you start to moan about regional favoritism, there is actually a rather logical explanation for the French jackpot. In France, there is a rule that new movies must be released on Wednesdays, and rather than rocking the boat with their distributors, Disney has opted to honor that rule and allowed French theaters to screen the movie on December 16th. The change means that all those Australians and Kiwis who were expecting to become the first to see the new Star Wars movie, will now have to settle for second in line.

What's not clear is whether North American theaters will be screening their traditional preview evenings for the movie. Most of the time, where a movie's official release is always on a Friday, 'preview' screenings will often be offered on the Thursday evening before. What used to be special midnight screenings soon turned into a series of 7pm, 8pm, and 10pm Thursday screenings, so if this is the case, the wait won't be as bad as it sounds.

Of course, what this does mean is that you're going to have to bury your head in the sand stay off the internet for a little bit longer if you want to avoid any of the spoilers that will inevitably flood the internet following the early French release.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released (in North America) on December 18th)

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