Which Suffolk cinemas will be showing the midnight viewing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi?
PUBLISHED: 14:55 13 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:55 13 December 2017
Hundreds of UK cinemas will open late into the night as they welcome fans to the first public screenings of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The latest instalment of the historic sci-fi franchise will be officially released from midnight on Thursday morning – featuring original Star Wars actor Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and the late Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia.
In Suffolk and north Essex you can watch the midnight viewing at the following cinemas: Cineworld in Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill, Braintree, and Ipswich, Empire in Ipswich, Odeon in Colchester, and Aldeburgh Cinema.
Last night cast members from the film took to the red carpet at London’s Royal Albert Hall for the film’s European premiere.
Among them were Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, Adam Driver, who plays Kylo Ren, Andy Serkis, who plays Supreme Leader Snoke, and John Boyega, who plays Finn.
The Duke of Cambridge and recently-engaged Prince Harry also joined the star-studded crowd after Boyega told the Hollywood Reporter they had taken on cameo roles as stormtroopers.
Early reviews of the movie have lauded Rian Johnson’s latest work – the second episode of the sequel trilogy and eighth overall – as the “best” Star Wars film to date, with many singling out Driver’s return performance following his debut in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015.
Writer and director Rian Johnson said: “I just wanted to make a good Star Wars movie but I wanted to tell a story that felt alive.
“It doesn’t seem very interesting just redoing what has come before, so it was a balance of capturing what we love about it while telling a new story that feels really alive right now.”
The new episode will find Rey nurturing her newly-found Jedi powers under Skywalker’s guidance before mounting tensions between the Resistance and the First Order see her collaborate with Leia, Finn and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) for a laser-fuelled adventure.
One familiar face will be missed, following the death of Harrison Ford’s Han Solo at the hands of own son Ben Solo in The Force Awakens.
Following its UK release on Thursday, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, will open in US cinemas on Friday.