Star Wars: The Force Awakens gets UK 12A rating

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been awarded a 12A certificate in the UK.

In the US, it’s already been rated PG-13 – the American equivalent of 12A.

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) gave the rating based on the much-anticipated movie’s “frequent scenes of moderate violence, including use of blasters and lightsabers, and dogfights between spaceships”.

“Sight of blood and injury detail is limited and brief,” the BBFC added in the explanation for its rating.

The BBFC also noted that JJ Abrams’ film contains “occasional scenes of moderate threat include characters being interrogated using ‘the Force’, which it is implied causes them pain, and characters being held at lightsaber-point”.

“There is infrequent use of very mild bad language (‘hell’, ‘damn’),” the rating concluded.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release in Edinburgh – and nationwide – cinemas on December 17, and in the US a day later.

It all takes place 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jedi. The film’s script was written by JJ Abrams, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt and Star Wars franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan.

Alongside the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, the film’s cast also includes Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow and Andy Serkis.

The storyline of the movie follows the Resistance’s effort to return the lightsaber to its rightful owner. But exactly who that might be is not yet known. Some Star Wars fanatics have suggested that a certain Luke Skywalker lies in wait at the end of the movie.

As CinemaBlend notes: “This is all based on the unconfirmed rumours that have made the rounds. The fan essentially places them in an order that makes sense and, using some conjecture and knowledge of these movies to link them together, creates a potential narrative”.

All will be revealed when the film arrives in UK cinemas this Christmas.