The shift – Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm haven't directly explained the change – brings the UK into the same realm as places such as Austria, Brazil and Colombia, though some European countries such as Belgium and Sweden will be heading to the galaxy far, far away even earlier, on 14 December. There is a Brexit joke to be made here surely.
Stay on target! #RogueOne blasts into UK cinemas on December 15. All wings report in... pic.twitter.com/H0UYXRwNJ8— Star Wars UK (@StarWarsUK) October 23, 2016
The US and other countries such as Canada and Spain will have to wait until the originally scheduled 16 December, while China won't see the film until January.
Set between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith (2005) and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story follows a group of Rebel soldiers who set out on a dangerous mission to steal the plans for the original Death Star and bring hope to the galaxy.
Our hero this time is Felicity Jones' (The Theory Of Everything) Jyn Erso, a conflicted fighter who is a rebel in more ways than one. She leads up a cast that also includes Diego Luna (Milk), Riz Ahmed (Ill Manors), Ben Mendelsohn (Killing Them Softly), Donnie Yen (Ip Man), Jiang Wen (Gone With The Bullets), Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels' The Butler), Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt), Alan Tudyk (Serenity), Jonathan Aris (Sherlock), Eunice Olumide (World War Z), and Genevieve O'Reilly reprising her role from Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith (2005) as young Mon Mothma.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will now arrive in the UK 15 December.