Variety reports that the Force is with U.K. cinemas this July as they plan to reopen doors with a remastered 4K edition of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
It’s understood the planned screenings mark the first time a “Star Wars” film from the original trilogy will be screened to cinema audiences in 4K. European cinema giant Vue will show the film in the U.K.
Thus far, the 4K edition of the 1980 film — the second title in the original trilogy, in which Luke Skywalker studies the Force with Yoda as the Galactic Empire pursues the Rebel Alliance — has only been made available on the studio’s streaming platform Disney+ and via Blu-ray, where it was released in late March alongside 4K versions of the seven other Skywalker Saga films.
The contribution of the title is a prime example of how U.S. studios are leveraging the might of their immense libraries to help the exhibition sector get back on its feet.