Lenin statue given Darth Vader makeover in Ukraine ahead of new ‘Star Wars’ movie

Artist Alexander Milov transformed the monument to the late Communist leader

A statue of late Communist leader Vladimir Lenin has been turned into Darth Vader ahead of new Star Wars film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The monument in Odessa, Ukraine has been given a makeover by sculptor Alexander Milov. It comes after the country recently banned Communist references in the country’s statues and street names.

Milov told Ukraine Today: “The bronze Lenin was left inside, so that the grateful or not-so-grateful descendants could exhume him, if needed”.

He also added that he hopes the new-look statue will attract Star Wars fans and boost tourism.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release in the UK on December 17 and in the US a day later. It takes place 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jedi. The film’s script was penned by director JJ Abrams, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt and Star Wars franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan.

Alongside Daisy Ridley and the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, the film’s cast also includes Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow and Andy Serkis.

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