Star Wars fans in China get historic viewing opportunity leading up to The Force Awakens

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While we’re still crying alongside Matthew McConaughey over the latest teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans in China have a whole new reason to celebrate. For the first time ever, the original trilogy is being brought to Chinese theaters. Organizers for the Shanghai International Film Festival and Walt Disney Pictures announced Monday that the complete six-movie saga (so far) will be screened at the festival, which runs June 13-21.

With The Force Awakens set to open on December 18, excitement is undeniably high, especially as new photos and a teaser trailer have recently hit the Internet. SIFF organizers and Walt Disney Pictures definitely had the right idea adding the six Star Wars episodes to the lineup at the 18th edition of the event. The festival will provide fans in China with an exciting new way to experience long-time favorite movies, which is very fitting given that the seventh film in the series will be a mix of the old and the new. Set 30 years from where Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi left off, The Force Awakens will feature veteran cast members alongside newcomers.

While the big screen viewing experience is of course special, those who can’t make it to China for SIFF can always host their own home viewing of the entire saga – or maybe just the original trilogy, if you prefer – in preparation for the J.J. Abrams-directed The Force Awakens. After all, there’s no reason to wait till December to see original cast members Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher together on screen.

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