After months of hype and build-up, Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens is almost here.
Hollywood is gearing up for one of the biggest film premieres in its history when the hugely anticipated seventh entry in the blockbusting franchise is screened tonight.
Original stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are on board as Luke Skywalker, General Leia – she’s no longer Princess Leia – and Han Solo, respectively.
But it’s refreshing to watch trailer after trailer and remain pretty much in the dark.
Here’s what we do know so far. Minor spoilers follow…
1. The new generation
2. Boo, hiss! for the villains
Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Andy Serkis (Supreme Lord Snoke) and Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux) portray the wrongdoers.
Ladies and gentlemen, be upstanding for the first major female villain in Star Wars: Gwendoline Christie of Game of Thrones fame plays Captain Phasma.
3. The story
Han, Leia and Lando Calrissian, played by Billy Dee Williams, led the Rebels to victory as they blew up the Death Star.
4. There is a new planet called Jakku
5. The two sides have different names
The Empire is now the First Order, while the Rebel Alliance has become The Resistance.
6. The Stormtroopers have had a makeover
7. Rey was abandoned
8. Everything about Luke Skywalker is a secret
New characters have been unveiled and trailers are online, but anything to do with Luke is firmly under wraps.
9. John Boyega is playing a Stormtrooper
10. Watching the alien
Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o plays Maz Kanata, an alien with eyes that hold mysterious depths.
11. The Millennium Falcon is the same as ever
We’ve got a bad feeling about this…
12. New robot BB-8 will be a hit
13. The Millennium Falcon crashes
Fans can see the Falcon crash into a snow bank in the new trailer released in China.
It’s been a long time coming, but we will soon find out if this seventh entry lives up to the enormous hype.
Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens premieres in Zimbabwe at Ster Kinekor 105 and Westgate on December 16.