By Neil Halligan
Film, which features key scenes filmed in the UAE, is expected to rake in $2bn at the global box office
The first film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is expected to make $500 million on the opening weekend when it comes to cinemas in December.
Overall takings for the film are expected to reach $2 billion, according to an article in Hollywood Reporter, with the predictions based on how well the Star Wars trailers – the latest of which was released last Thursday - are trafficking online.
Both trailers open with desert scenes, which were shot in Abu Dhabi under a massive veil of secrecy.
During the Q&A session at the fan panel in Anaheim, California, the film’s director JJ Abrams (pictured below) talked about his love for the franchise and about shooting in Abu Dhabi.
“I was 11 years old when Star Wars come out. That moment transported me. It was the first time a movie made me laugh that way.... the film was brilliant and had such heart and the biggest thing for me was that it had such hope,” he said.
“Shooting in Abu Dhabi was an incredible thing. Shooting Star Wars is a Western and a fairy tale... shooting in Abu Dhabi was just that,” he added.