Friday 20 October 2017

The Spire turns lightsaber in honour of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (but will it be white or red?)

Spire as lightsaber
Spire as lightsaber
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Dublin city is paying homage to Star Wars: The Force Awakens with a giant lightsaber on O'Connell Street.

The Spire has been transformed into what is likely one of the biggest lightsabers in the world and the monument will presumably be illuminated in white (or perhaps even red) tonight.

The Spire will illuminate O'Connell Street as a lightaber for the two weeks over Christmas and New Year.

Early screenings of the highly anticipated next instalment in the sci-fi series kick off at midnight on Wednesday with the film opening on Thursday December 17 across Ireland and the UK prior to the US release on Friday.

The world premiere took place in Hollywood on Monday night and, although there is a review embargo until Wednesday, early reactions to the film, helmed by JJ Abrams, have been overwhelmingly positive.

The anticipation is at fever pitch as fans gear up to see original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill team up with newcomers Domhnall Gleeson, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega for a movie which promises to channel the original trilogy.

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