‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ leaks online ahead of Blu-Ray release

The leaked film was apparently pirated 250,000 times in 12 hours

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has reportedly leaked online ahead of its home release.

J.J. Abrams’ blockbuster is due out on DVD and Blu-Ray in North America on April 5, but TorrentFreak reports that a pirated version appeared on file-sharing sites yesterday (March 23).

The leaked film was apparently pirated over 250,000 times in just 12 hours, but this number is expected to rise into the millions.

The DVD and Blu-Ray release will be packed with extras including an in-depth documentary shot behind the scenes of J.J. Abrams’ film plus deleted scenes and interviews with the cast and crew. A UK release date is set for April 18.

Since its release in mid-December, J.J. Abrams’ film has raked in over $2.06 billion (£1.46 billion) at the global box office, making it the third highest-grossing film of all time behind James Cameron’s Avatar and Titanic.

Abrams recently admitted to a mistake he made while shooting the movie, and also responded to allegations that his film “rips off” earlier Star Wars adventures, saying: “It was important to me to go backwards to go forwards.”

Meanwhile, Harrison Ford has spoken about Han Solo’s key role in the film, saying it was a “fitting use” of his iconic character.