Thousands of Star Wars fans across Saskatchewan joined the world Thursday evening to view the franchise’s latest installment.
Preview showings of Episode XIII: The Last Jedi ran ahead of the movie’s official Dec. 15 release, with many enthusiasts arriving in-costume at special events before the first screenings.
A fanfest was held at Saskatoon’s Scotiabank Theatre, allowing one family to carry on a tradition that’s spanned generations.
Tim Peters, 53, first saw the original Star Wars in theatres when he was 13. He introduced his son, Aaron, to the franchise when the prequel trilogy came out between 1999 and 2003, and they’ve continued going to each new film.
This year, Aaron bought his dad a Luke Skywalker costume to go along with his own Kylo Ren outfit for the debut of The Last Jedi.
“It brings me back,” Tim Peters said.
“Coming out and doing this with him, it’s exciting.”
Aaron told 650 CKOM he’s become such a Star Wars fan, he was trembling in anticipation for the new film.
“I spent most of the day in preparation for it,” he said.
The Last Jedi is the third in a new wave of Star Wars films, spawned when Disney bought the rights to the cinematic universe from George Lucas in 2012 for $4 billion.
Its story follows directly on the heels of 2015’s Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which picks up the story of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Leia Organa alongside a cast of new characters.
The film is expected to challenge box office records worldwide, after its predecessor ended up as the third-highest grossing movie of all time.
Jan Yagin, a member of Saskatoon’s Star Wars fan group “The 501st”, said he feels the new films are owned by those too young to see the original trilogy in theatres.
“It’s this generation’s moment of Star Wars,” he said.
“You don’t have to focus on the (old) characters.”
The 25-year-old, who also dressed up as Kylo Ren for the premiere, was impressed by The Last Jedi.
“It’s definitely going to be a challenge to top this one,” he said.
Aaron Peters had to agree.
“Absolutely amazing,” he said.