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Star Wars: The Force Awakens delay petition gathers force

Many of us have already booked tickets to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens when it is released in the UK and US on 17th of December 2015.

The excitement is palpable, so spare a thought for Han fans in Greece who won’t get to see it until the Greek release date – a whole week later – on the 24th December.

Understandably this is causing a great deal of consternation. That’s why Dimitris Kalogirou has put forward a petition asking distribution company Feelgood Entertainment to change the release date.

So far the 1,278 people have signed the to put pressure on the Greek distributors.

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Greece is the only European country that won’t be getting Star Wars: The Force Awaken on the 17th or 18th of December. In fact almost every country in the world will have it by then barring China and India.

Mr Kalogirou and other Greek Star Wars fans believe they know why it is being delayed in Greece.

December 18 is also the release date for a Greek film called “World’s Apart” directed by Christopher Papakaliatis and starring the Oscar-winning J.K. Simmon, who won the award thanks to his performance as a dictatorial music teacher in Whiplash.

The films couldn’t be more different. One is a romantic drama centred around the boiling-pot that is Athens today, the other is a mega-production sci-fi fantasy epic set in a galaxy far, far away.

You might think that an extra week isn’t too long to wait for a movie, but any Star Wars fans having to wait that long would need to bury their heads in the sand to avoid the countless spoilers that will undoubtedly hit the web soon after.

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