Monday 19 February 2018

Facebook filter lets you hold a lightsaber in your profile picture to celebrate 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens''s John Brennan gets all Star Warsie's John Brennan gets all Star Warsie

Helena Horton

Many people are very excited for the new Star Wars film, and what better way to show excitement than displaying it on your Facebook page?

The official Facebook page for the film has released a filter for your profile picture, which makes it look like you are wielding an intergalactic weapon.

You can even choose which side you are on.

The filter allows you to don the red lightsaber of Kylo Ren or the blue lightsaber of Finn.

You can set the filter to change back to your original profile picture within a stipulated time; whether you want to wield a lightsaber for an hour, a week or a month.

Facebook has used filters before, for sports fans, LGBT Pride and for people to show solidarity with the victims of the Paris attacks.

How to add the lightsaber filter to your profile

Click here to access the official Star Wars Facebook page

Click 'Try it' next to the post about the filter

Position your filter and profile picture until you are happy with it

Set an expiry date for the filter

Click 'use as profile picture'

The film has already made box office history in the UK, where it has sold more than half a million tickets for its opening week at one cinema chain alone.

The seventh instalment in the series, which comes 10 years after the last film, reunites the original trio who were absent from the prequels. They are joined by newcomers Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson and Gwendoline Christie.

The plot of the movie is a closely-guarded secret and each trailer and snippet of footage has sent fans wild with excitement and speculation.

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