The wait is finally over. The most advertised film of all time, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, opens in cinemas in France, South Africa and several other countries on Wednesday, a decade after the last episode of the space legend.
After months of teasing trailers(预告片) that raised more questions than answers, and a Hollywood premiere Monday from which the celebrity audience turned up smiling but sworn to secrecy, the movie’s millions of fans will finally get to see it for themselves.
More than half a million people have pre-booked tickets in France alone for director J.J. Abrams’ two-and-a-half-hour epic, which is expected to go back to the story’s roots. So keen are some American fans to see the seventh episode that a dozen are paying up to $5,000(4,500 euros) to fly to Paris to see the film 48 hours before it comes out at home.
“Never in our memory has a film company tried to keep its film secret,” AFP newspaper said in a statement. Actress Ridley, 23, defended the need to keep the plot under wraps. “Everyone knows we keep it secret for the right reasons,” she said.
But other actors in the film expressed their doubts, with Anthony Daniels, who has called the precautions(预防措施） “ludicrous”. He was warned by the studio after tweeting about the film. “I said that I’d met so-and-so. An actor who plays... (in the film). Immediately I received a message from Disney: ‘Remove the tweet! You’re not allowed to say that!’” he told The Guardian. Greg Grunberg told Entertainment Weekly such was the security on set that actors only got their lines the morning their scenes were being filmed. “It was all on red paper so we couldn’t copy it or take a picture of it. And then we had to give the script pages back at the end of the day.”
Reviews of the film have also been restricted and can only be published after 0800 GMT, when the first screenings begin in France and elsewhere.