Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released in the U.K. one day prior to its debut in American theaters this December. With a little over six months until the film's debut (as of this writing), Lucasfilm is currently in the midst of promoting the eighth episode of the Skywalker saga, getting fans excited for the story's continuation. In April, the first teaser trailer hit the web, followed by a giant spread full of details and photos in Vanity Fair. After being kept in the dark for a considerable amount of time, audiences now have a better idea of what to expect from writer/director Rian Johnson's take on the property.
The recent influx of content has only increased the already high levels of hype and anticipation, meaning some viewers have already started to impatiently count down the days until Episode VIII comes out. For the die-hard fans, the wait can be interminable at times, but for those who call England home, it will be a little more bearable. The Last Jedi will reach multiplexes in the U.K. on December 14, 2017 before bowing in U.S. cinemas on December 15.
Disney made the announcement today (hat tip Radio Times), continuing the pattern they have established in the new era of Star Wars on film. Both The Force Awakens and Rogue One debuted across the pond one day before Stateside audiences got a chance to see it, so it isn't surprising the same thing is in the cards for Star Wars 8. It's worth pointing out that the film will come out even earlier in France, Italy, Norway, Sweden, and the Netherlands - where it will bow on December 13.
This may not be the juiciest Last Jedi update for fans to chew on, but it's still an important one to keep in mind. Once people start seeing the finished product, there will surely be a plethora of reactions hitting social media - some of which may contain spoilers. Fans keen on avoiding any major reveals until they get a chance to witness Episode VIII may be inclined to mark these dates on their calendar so they know when to implement any internet blackouts and mute certain key words. Star Wars 8 is said to contain the most shocking revelation in the entire series, so it will be paramount for fans to preserve the surprises that await. A release schedule like this can make that somewhat difficult, but it is possible to go in fresh if one takes the right precautions.
The fact The Last Jedi is not premiering around the world on the same day can be frustrating for moviegoers who live in certain countries, but Lucasfilm's strategy is admittedly a better one than Disney brethren Marvel. Frequently, Marvel Cinematic Universe installments come out in the U.K. a week before America, so only having to wait one more day isn't so bad - especially if Episode VIII generates enthusiastic word-of-mouth like its predecessors. Star Wars 8 will surely be the movie event of the holiday season, and everyone will want to watch it as soon as possible.
Source: Radio Times
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