With desert scenes being filmed in Abu Dhabi, the country has been going crazy for Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ arrival in cinemas.
Now it has been confirmed that the movie’s Middle East premiere is to take place in the capital too.
The event will be on an invite-only basis and is being organized by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, as well as The Walt Disney Company.
The news was confirmed by twofour54, Abu Dhabi’s media and entertainment hub, with them revealing the red carpet will rolled out on December 16 at Emirates Palace.
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“Having Star Wars: The Force Awakens screen in Abu Dhabi prior to its general release is a real validation for how successful the filming was whilst the production was here,” twofour54’s CEO Noura Al Kaabi said. “To date, all of the trailers and TV spots for the film have included scenes from Abu Dhabi, which have generated unprecedented excitement around the globe.
“We are very proud of our achievements and excited for audiences around the world to experience Abu Dhabi on the big screen”.
Abu Dhabi sets the scene for the Jakku area in the forthcoming flick, “a frontier desert planet in a remote section of the Outer Rim Territories” according to StarWars.com.
The Abu Dhabi Film Commission teamed up with a crew of 650 people to record in two locations last May for the seventh installment in the franchise, predicted to be the one of the most successful films of all time.
Directed by J.J. Abrams, the motion picture, stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford.
The running time is two hours and 16 minutes and it hits movie theatres on December 18, just two days after the premiere.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is an action adventure fantasy film, in continuation of the saga created by George Lucas and set 30 years after 1983’s Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi.