‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ UK release date brought forward

JJ Abrams' film will arrive in British cinemas 24 hours earlier than originally expected

The UK release date of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been brought forward by 24 hours.

JJ Abrams’ Star Wars film had been expected to open in UK cinemas on December 18, the same day it will be released in most international territories. However, in a tweet and Facebook post shared earlier today, Lucasfilm revealed that Episode VIII will in fact open in the UK a day earlier on December 17.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes place 30 years after the events of 1983’s Return Of The Jedi, though exact plot details are being kept under wraps. The film’s script was penned by 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 is led by Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow and Andy Serkis. Check out footage from the film recently released on Instagram here.

Meanwhile, Lucasfilm is also working on a series of Star Wars spin-off films which it has titled the ‘Anthology Series’. The first spin-off, Rogue One starring Felicity Jones and Mads Mikkelsen, will arrive on December 16, 2016.

A second spin-off film focusing on the origins of Harrison Ford’s iconic character Han Solo, was announced in July. The currently untitled film is set for release on May 25, 2018.