‘Star Wars’ fans are already queuing to see ‘The Force Awakens’

More than 100 hardcore fans are camping outside Hollywood's historic Chinese Theater

Though its release is still eight days away, hardcore Star Wars fans are already queuing to see The Force Awakens.

More than 100 people have been camping outside Hollywood’s Chinese Theater since Saturday (December 5) to guarantee their places at the historic cinema’s first showing of J.J. Abrams’ film on the evening of December 17.

The queue even has its own Twitter account – check out pictures below.

“At night you freeze and in the daytime you cook, but you come for the camaraderie and the chance to be a part of cinematic history,” a fan called Erik Murillo told The New York Times. “Besides, there are traditions to be upheld.”

Hollywood’s Chinese Theater was one of the first 30 US cinemas to show the original Star Wars film upon its release in May 1977, when 20th Century Fox feared it might flop. When George Lucas’s film became a surprise smash, US TV stations sent news crews to the historic cinema to shoot the huge queue for tickets, so it has a longstanding association with the franchise.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in the UK and at select US cinemas on December 17. The following day, it goes on general release in the US.

The story takes place 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jed but specific plot details are being kept tightly under wraps. The film’s script was penned by director J.J. Abrams, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt and Star Wars franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan.

Alongside the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, the film’s cast includes Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis. Ford recently confirmed that he has already seen the film, calling it “wonderful” and “a real big movie”.

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