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The moment Star Wars fans across the globe have been waiting for has arrived: The Force Awakens world premiere date was finally announced. The J.J. Abrams film will make its grand debut on December 14, 2015 in Los Angeles before premiering in other theaters. The European premieres will be held on December 16 in France, and on December 17 in London, England before rolling out across the U.S. on December 18.
Disney and Lucasfilm didn’t comment on which of the city’s theaters would be hosting the premiere, or whether tickets would be made available to the general public prior to the nationwide release, though chances are probably pretty slim.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the L.A. premiere is expected to be one of the “hottest tickets’ in recent Hollywood history, so unless you’re a Hollywood insider, if you want to be anywhere near the action, you’ll likely have to watch it unfold from the outside.
Some of the celebs that may be walking the red carpet for the event include an impressive cast of stars, like veterans Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels and Peter Mayhew, who are all returning for the new film. Newcomers include English actress Daisy Ridley, an “extremely significant female character” rumored to be a descendant of the Skywalkers; Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) and John Boyega (Finn), who play the three young heroes that will inherit the battles of their predecessors.
While cast members have appeared at Stars Wars Celebration and Comic-Con this past year, the world premiere is likely to be the first time that most or all of the cast will be seen together.
To date, only those closely connected to the highly anticipated movie know much about the storyline, but we’re about to find out a little bit more. The new Force Awakens trailer, which will be the first new footage for the film since a very brief Instagram video back in August, will debut online on Monday, October 19. The video will air during Monday Night Football on Disney-owned ESPN, according to multiple media reports.
Pre-sale tickets are expected to be available that same day, timed to the trailer release, so if you’re a Star Wars fan, you may want to stick close to your computer on Monday.