‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ a hit in Huntsville

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Courtesy image: Scene from Star Wars: The Battle of Rocket City.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is trending worldwide online, and it’s likely going to be the topic of conversation at many offices, Christmas parties and family gatherings for the next few days. That’s because this movie is smashing records. It’s already reached more than $100M just in ticket pre-sales.

On premiere night Thursday, there were dozens of showings, some starting as late as 1:30 in the morning. The crowd at the Space and Rocket Center that saw the first showing told us they were satisfied with the story line and really enjoyed the movie. The seats were all sold out through the weekend, so the soonest you can get in to see the movie in true IMAX format is early next week.

Now, coming up this spring, yet another Star Wars movie will be showing here at the Space & Rocket Center and in the IMAX theater. It’s “Star Wars: The Battle of Rocket City.”

Jeffery Parker says it’s strictly a low-to-practically-no budget Star Wars fan movie.

“Our film, it’s really tailored to this area. Our goal was to take our area, the largest landmarks in this area, the biggest and nicest locations, and we just tailored the movie to this area,” says the film’s producer, Jeffery Parker.

The film has been shot exclusively in the immediate Huntsville area and is nearing completion.

“There is a secret mission from a rebel group that has been intercepted by Darth Vader. Once this ship is intercepted by Darth Vader, it has been shot down into Earth atmosphere and lands here in this area. So a group from this area are kinda the heroes in this film and they help the rebel group get back to where they need to be,” Parker explains.

Parker says you’ll recognize some of the actors and certainly all of the locations where the film has been shot. You can expect to see the premiere, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center sometime in the spring.

And back here on Earth, workers here at the Space & Rocket Center say they’ll be here through the night until this new Star Wars exhibit has been completed. We showed you a piece of it at 6:30. It’s the Millennium Falcon, an absolute true to scale replica that will be on display here while the Star Wars movie is here.