Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker fans brave the rain to queue for tonight’s London premiere

Dedicated fans braved the cold and rain yesterday ahead of tonight’s premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in London‘s Leicester Square.

A queue of hard-core followers formed early ahead of the red carpet premiere at 5.15pm today, before audiences can watch the film from midnight tonight.

Fans were pictured sitting on fold-up chairs wearing coats and huddled under Star Wars umbrellas as the rain poured.

Dedicated fans braved the cold and rain ahead of tonight's premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in London

Dedicated fans braved the cold and rain ahead of tonight's premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in London

A queue of hard-core followers has already formed, even though the film doesn't premiere in the UK until midnight tonight

A queue of hard-core followers has already formed, even though the film doesn't premiere in the UK until midnight tonight

Dedicated fans braved the cold and rain ahead of tonight’s premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in London

Plot details for the new film have been kept tightly under wraps. But director JJ Abrams has said that Rey, Finn and Poe will unite on-screen, after being scattered at the conclusion of The Force Awakens and in The Last Jedi.

The Rise Of Skywalker is the franchise’s fifth film in five years, and Disney has promised to apply the brakes to avoid fatigue.

The company’s release schedule has untitled Star Wars films listed for 2022, 2024 and 2026, and a director is yet to be revealed after Game Of Thrones’ D.B. Weiss and David Benioff left the project.

The final film in the Skywalker saga has already received rave reviews from critics after seeing the film at the Los Angeles premiere on Monday night.

Fans were pictured sitting on fold-up chairs wearing rain coats and huddled under Star Wars umbrellas as the rain poured

Fans were pictured sitting on fold-up chairs wearing rain coats and huddled under Star Wars umbrellas as the rain poured

Fans were pictured sitting on fold-up chairs wearing rain coats and huddled under Star Wars umbrellas as the rain poured

Plot details have been kept tightly under wraps. But director JJ Abrams has said the Rey, Finn and Poe will unite on-screen, after being scattered at the conclusion of The Force Awakens and in The Last Jedi

Plot details have been kept tightly under wraps. But director JJ Abrams has said the Rey, Finn and Poe will unite on-screen, after being scattered at the conclusion of The Force Awakens and in The Last Jedi

Plot details have been kept tightly under wraps. But director JJ Abrams has said the Rey, Finn and Poe will unite on-screen, after being scattered at the conclusion of The Force Awakens and in The Last Jedi

While Disney has embargoed full reviews until tomorrow, those inside the three cinemas screening the film were so delighted they took to Twitter to give their spoiler-free thoughts on the film today.

Calling the J.J. Abrams-directed film an ‘immensely satisfying’, many critics claimed it was a ‘fitting end’ to the franchise.

SlashFilm’s Peter Scrietta gushed that ‘JJ Abrams nailed it, as he added: ‘He was able to bring a cohesive arc to this trilogy that feels like a fitting end to the saga as a whole. I’m so emotionally drained. Star Wars fans will be very happy.’

The Rise Of Skywalker is the franchise's fifth film in five years, and Disney has promised to apply the brakes to avoid fatigue

The Rise Of Skywalker is the franchise's fifth film in five years, and Disney has promised to apply the brakes to avoid fatigue

The Rise Of Skywalker is the franchise’s fifth film in five years, and Disney has promised to apply the brakes to avoid fatigue

While SYFY Wire’s Jenna Busch added: ‘OH MY GOD! I am absolutely blown away! I’ve never been so satisfied by a film.

The company's release schedule has untitled Star Wars films listed for 2022, 2024 and 2026, and a director is yet to be revealed after Game Of Thrones' D.B. Weiss and David Benioff left the project

The company's release schedule has untitled Star Wars films listed for 2022, 2024 and 2026, and a director is yet to be revealed after Game Of Thrones' D.B. Weiss and David Benioff left the project

The company’s release schedule has untitled Star Wars films listed for 2022, 2024 and 2026, and a director is yet to be revealed after Game Of Thrones’ D.B. Weiss and David Benioff left the project

‘This is the end of an era and a franchise that has defined my life and this did it justice in a way I didn’t imagine it could. You WILL cry….’

Geek Bomb’s Maude Garrett added: ‘I realized within the first 20 mins of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker that it was the best film in this trilogy, and it kept getting better right through to the end. THANK YOU!!! #Maytheforcebewithyou.’

Screen Rant’s Rob Keyes claimed the film managed to address ‘issues, problematic characters, and most unanswered questions’ that is ‘immensely satisfying’

The Economist’s Gady Epstein went on to say it was a ‘moving conclusion to the trio of trilogies.’ 

Of the films, Disney CEO Bob Iger claimed: ‘We’re in no rush. We know that fans will want another film, or another few films, and we’ll make them.’

Until then, fans can make do with Disney+ television series The Mandalorian, and two further series featuring Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and a Rogue One spin-off based around Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and K2SO (Alan Tudyk).

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is set to be released at midnight tonight (December 19) in the UK, and on December 20 in the US.  

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