New Star Wars film released in UK before America

Last updated at 14:24
Chewbacca and Han SoloLucasfilm

The UK release date for the new Star Wars film has been brought forward by a day meaning it will be out here a day before it hits cinemas in America.

Episode VII: The Force Awakens will now be released in Britain on 17 December, a day earlier than previously announced.

The latest film is the first in a new trilogy for the franchise.

It will will run alongside the original three films and prequels that followed them.

A scene from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force AwakensDisney/LucasFilm

The Force Awakens will be set 30 years after Return of the Jedi and the trailer sees the return of Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford again, alongside co-pilot Chewbacca.

French film fans get to see it before anyone else with the release date in France set for 16 December.