Star Wars: The Force Awakens – 12A rating confirmed in UK

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been given a 12A rating by the BBFC for "moderate violence" in the UK, we've just learned...

UPDATE

As expected, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been given a 12A classification in the UK by the BBFC, just days ahead of its debut in Blighty cinemas. This places it in line with its rating in the US, where the MPAA gave JJ Abrams’ sequel a PG-13 – making it only the second Star Wars film to get that certification.

Readers will no doubt remember that all three films in the original trilogy were given U ratings by the British board. Nineties prequel The Phantom Menace also received a U rating, while Episode II: Attack Of The Clones got a PG, and 2004’s Revenge Of The Sith – by far the darkest instalment in the series so far – got a 12.

The BBFC’s description of the film warns of spoilers, but it doesn’t really tell us much the average Star Wars fan wouldn’t expect: the “moderate scenes of violence” include the use of “blasters and lightsabers, and dogfights between spaceships.” There’s also a spot of “very mild bad language,” with the epiphets used including “hell” and “damn.”

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You can find the BBFC’s classification page for The Force Awakens here. The movie finally hits UK cinemas on the 17th December. 

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As expected, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been classified in the US, where it’s got a PG-13 rating from the MPAA. It’s earned the rating for “for sci-fi action violence”. It’s the second Star Wars film to date to get a PG-13, following Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith.

We’re duly expecting the BBFC to give the film a 12A in the UK, although it hasn’t yet done so…

RUNNING TIME

As well as the new pictures from Star Wars: The Force Awakens that you read about below, the latest edition of EW has also confirmed the running time for the film. Director JJ Abrams has locked the final cut of the movie at 135 minutes, it has revealed. Furthermore, the movie was all but completed on November 3rd, with just some effects work to tidy up, and the final parts of John Williams’ score to add.

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Here’s our story on those pictures…

The new issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine in the US has brought with it an awful lot of new Star Wars coverage. And as part and parcel of that, it’s also brought with it a lot of new imagery from JJ Abrams’ upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Here, then, is a gallery of mainly brand new pictures from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Some reflect things we’ve seen in the trailers of course, as Disney and Lucasfilm continue to keep the secrets of the film under wraps. And there’s still no sign of Luke Skywalker.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives in cinemas on December 17th in the UK. Click on the fancy gallery thing above to kickstart the new collection of pictures.

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