Fans of the “Star Wars” films will have to wait more than a year for the next installment in the seven-film series, but Starz may just have a way to hold you over until then.
The network plans to air the first ever television showing of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on Saturday, September 10. The film will air twice — first at 9 p.m. EDT and again at 11:20 p.m. EDT, according to a press release. Starz will also make the film, which was originally released Dec. 18, 2015, available for downloading on the Starz app that same day. Those with the app can stream “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on demand or download it to watch at a later time. Don’t have a Starz subscription? All's not lost. Amazon Prime users can add a subscription to Starz — as well as other channels — to their yearly subscription free for about $9 extra per month, according to Variety.
“No greater fandom has ever existed than the ‘Star Wars’ fans, and we are thrilled to be the exclusive home of ‘The Force Awakens,’” Chris Albrecht, President and CEO of Starz said.
Those in need of a “Star Wars” refresher can find Episodes I through VI on Amazon Video, iTunes and the Google Play store. As was previously reported, renting the films individually from Amazon Video and iTunes will cost $19.99 each. Google Play prices vary. Each service also offers package deals, allowing fans to own all six movies for anywhere between $84.99 and $99.99. Those wishing to watch the movies, but not intending to view them again also have the option to rent.
With luck this will quell “Star Wars” fans intergalactic cravings until the release of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Star Wars: Episode VIII.” At present, little is known about “Rogue One,” the “Force Awakens” prequel. It is, however, said to contain some serious secrets about Rey (Daisy Ridley) and who her parents are. During an interview with Sky News in April, actor Mads Mikkelson discussed his role in the film, revealing that he was cast as Jyn Erso’s (Felicity Jones) father. Realizing that he may have said too much, Mikkelson quickly declined to answer any further “Star Wars” related questions. The film lands in theaters Dec. 16, 2016.
Be sure to tune in to Starz Saturday, September 10 for the first ever TV showing of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”