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New ‘Rogue One’ movie inspires ‘Star Wars’-themed events, promotions

South Florida, grab your lightsabers.

Fans can geek out to the latest movie in the franchise, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," with several events and promotions tied to the Dec. 15 opening of the space soap odyssey.

The movie, which takes place about 30 years before "Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope," follows a group of Rebel Alliance fighters as they try to swipe the plans for the war machine known as the Death Star. The new installment stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn and Forest Whitaker.

Members of the 501st Legion, a Star Wars fan group, plan to dress up as characters and interact with guests for the 7 p.m. and 9:50 p.m. screenings Dec. 15 at the AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater at the Museum of Science and Discovery in Fort Lauderdale. (Both shows are sold out, according to the theater.)

The museum will have a slumber party for the movie: "Star Wars: Rogue One Family Overnight" is set for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 2 through 8 a.m. Jan. 3. The $48 package includes a viewing of the movie, a pizza dinner and activities such as viewing the stars in the museum's portable planetarium, at 401 SW Second St. Visit mods.org or call 954-467-6637.

Cinepolis theaters in Deerfield Beach, Coconut Grove and Jupiter will have Stormtrooper characters on hand to welcome fans and pose for selfies from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 15 through Dec. 17. The theater chain also is offering a “Rogue One” package that includes a Death Star-themed tub with 85 ounces of popcorn, a pair of collector’s glasses and a large fountain soda. The cost is $25 for the Deerfield Beach and Miami theaters and $30 for the Jupiter location. Visit cinepolisusa.com.

Regal Entertainment Group will offer moviegoers "Rogue One" popcorn tins, a collector's cup and a character-inspired drink topper for $19.99, which includes one refill (movie ticket not included). The promotion is available, while supplies last, at select theaters including Regal Oakwood Stadium 18 in Hollywood, Regal Westfork Stadium 13 in Pembroke Pines and Regal Royal Palm Beach Stadium 18 & RPX. Visit regmovies.com.

Cinemark Theatres, which has locations in Davie, Boca Raton and Boynton Beach, will have complimentary “Rogue One” posters for moviegoers beginning Dec. 15, while supplies last. Visit cinemark.com.

And if the movie gets you in the mood to learn some Jedi moves, a group known as SaberCraft, formerly Magic City Jedi, teaches fans the basics of wielding a lightsaber and more. The group offers classes mostly on Saturdays. Its next class will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec.17 at its new location, the Miami Scottish Rite Temple, 471 NW Third St. Classes start at $15. Visit sabercraft.org or call 786- 315-9133.

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