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Force may be with Obama, too

2015-12-17 14:29

Washington - Sure, you may be the president of the United States. But that doesn't mean the Force can't be with you too.

With the world abuzz over the premier of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, on Wednesday, even the White House spokesman was asked if President Barack Obama would be catching the well-reviewed installment of the space saga.

"I don't know if he's had the opportunity to see it yet. But I am confident that ... the president will at some point see the movie," spokesman Josh Earnest said.

Obama is the first US president to have grown up in the 1970s, and was just 16 when the first Star Wars movie captured imaginations around the globe.

The trio of heroes who appeared in the first of the blockbusters in 1977 - smuggler Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), leader of the rebel alliance, and her twin brother Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) - are all back and played by the actors that Star Wars first made famous.

The Force Awakens also includes a host of fresh talent, including British actors John Boyega as Finn, and Daisy Ridley as Rey.

Disney, which bought the Star Wars franchise from its creator George Lucas for $4bn in 2012, went to extraordinary lengths to keep the prequel's plot shrouded in mystery.

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