The stars are out in December at blockbuster London film premieres including the latest Star Wars!
Getting star-struck this time of year is easy in London. December is one of the liveliest months for releases of blockbuster films, and London rolls out the red carpet for a number of world and European premieres.
Fans can line up — sometimes laying claim to their spot by camping out overnight— for a bit of Hollywood glamour, and if they’re positioned just right, for an autograph or selfie at this December’s London film premieres.
While tickets to these splashy events are hard to score (and expensive), the premieres are glittering with stars and filmmakers, high fashion and media frenzy — all visible to clued-up fans — and this December is no exception.
Hands-down the most anticipated release is Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which will have its European premiere on 12 December at The Royal Albert Hall, just a mile from Nell Gwynn Chelsea Accommodation. Celebrity arrivals — which are expected to include the film’s cast including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, and Adam Driver, as well as a number of invited stars — should take place between 5:15-6:15 p.m. (standard for all premieres, which have a 7:30 showtime).
Most premieres take place at three large theatres in Leicester Square, near Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly, an easy Underground ride from #MyChelseaFlat on the Piccadilly Line from either Sloane Square or South Kensington stations. In addition to the elegant Royal Albert Hall, the BFI (British Film Institute) theatre at Southbank along the Thames, and the 02 Arena are other popular locales.
Other star-studded premieres set for December include:
- Molly’s Game, starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, and Kevin Costner; directed by Aaron Sorkin, 6 December, Vue West End.
- Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, starring Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, and Kevin Hart; directed by Jake Kasdan, 7 December, Vue West End.
- Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn; directed by Joe Wright, 11 December, Vue West End.
- Bright, starring Will Smith, Noomi Rapace, and Joel Edgerton; directed by David Ayer, 15 December, BFI Southbank.
The spate of December film releases has two purposes — to lure holiday audiences and to qualify films for awards consideration for the Oscars, BAFTAs and other guild honors. And one insider tip (ssssh!): Dedicated, early arriving fans — especially cosplayers — sometimes are rewarded with free tickets for the film!