Fans in the United Kingdom who are eagerly awaiting the release of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” are in for an early treat: Lucasfilm has announced the Gareth Edwards film will be released Dec. 15 in the U.K., a day ahead of its U.S. premiere.
— Star Wars UK (@StarWarsUK) October 23, 2016
The news arrived Sunday in a tweet containing an animated GIF of a sequence from “Rogue One” showing a pair of X-wings flying around a space station as a third fighter smashes into the superstructure. It also includes the text, “Stay on target! #RogueOne blasts into UK cinemas on December 15. All wings report in …”
It’s not unusual for international release dates to vary considerably, depending on the market. Such dates can often be days, weeks or even months ahead or behind the film’s scheduled North American release. For example, Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” will arrive in U.K. cinemas on Oct. 25, about a week before its Nov. 4 release in the United States – something to remember, if you hope to remain spoiler-free.
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. The film opens on Dec. 15 in the United Kingdom, and Dec. 16 in the United States.
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