Cue the John Williams theme music: Star Wars: The Force Awakens will make its grand debut on December 14th in a galaxy far, far away known as Los Angeles, California, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Disney and Lucasfilm did not comment on which of the city’s theaters would host the premiere. It’s also unclear whether any tickets will be made available to the general public, though Hollywood insiders will likely be fighting like ruthless rancors to score their own. The Force Awakens opens for the rest of the United States on December 18th.
Prior to that date, however, the film will arrive in the United Kingdom on December 17th, though it’s unclear if its London premiere will happen before then. The Force Awakens also opens in France on December 16th.
As the film’s long-awaited debut draws near, Disney and Lucasfilm will continue to keep as much of it under wraps as possible, including placing a limit on press screenings. While director J.J. Abrams has offered a few peaks at his highly-anticipated reboot, most of what’s known about The Force Awakens can be seen in its two enigmatic, albeit exhilarating, teaser trailers, and a behind-the-scenes video that premiered at Comic-Con.
One of the few people outside the cast and crew harboring Episode VII secrets is Star Wars superfan Kevin Smith, who visited the London set last summer. During a Q&A at the Neuchatel International Film Festival in Switzerland, Smith raved, “It was tactile; it wasn’t a series of fucking green and blue screens in which later on digital characters would be added. It was there; it was happening… I saw uniforms; I saw artillery that I haven’t seen since I was a kid. I saw them shooting an actual sequence in a set that is real – I walked across the set; there were explosions — and it looked like a shot right out of a fucking Star Wars movie.”