“Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens’” is set to be released in some countries a day, or even days earlier, than in U.S.
On Star Wars UK social media accounts, it stated that the seventh installment of the epic franchise will hit theaters in the United Kingdom on December 17. Fans in Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Germany, and Hong Kong will also see the movie on the same day, but those in US will have to wait on the following day (Dec. 18).
According to Entertainment Weekly, “The Force Awakens” will be shown even much earlier in other countries.
The seventh film in the “Star Wars” saga can be watched in the United Arab Emirates on December 15. Parts of the movie were shot in UAE, EW noted. The film will also debut in France, Italy, Denmark, parts of Switzerland, and more European destinations on December 16.
Moviefone made an analysis in 2013 on why more movies are opting for earlier international release. During this time, “Iron Man 3,” Tom Cruise’s “Oblivion”, and “Star Trek Into Darkness” opened abroad before it hit American theaters.
Moviefone mentioned some reasons such as successful international releases help generate excitement among American moviegoers. It added that international market is the main source of ticket sales and early release in other countries also goes with promotional travel schedules of the stars.
Meanwhile, original “Star Wars” stars Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C-3P0), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Kenny Baker (R2-D2) will reprise their respective roles.
They will be joined by Domnhall Gleeson, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, and Andy Serkis in the return of the saga, the Daily News reported.
The Disney film is directed by J.J. Abrams.