The BBFC has announced that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been classified 12A here in the UK, becoming the second film in the franchise to receive that rating after Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. The film has previously been rated PG-13 in the States, so this had been expected.
“There are frequent scenes of moderate violence, including use of blasters and lightsabers, and dogfights between spaceships,” reads the BBFC Insight details on the certification. “Sight of blood and injury detail is limited and brief. 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’).”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 17th in the UK and December 18th in the States and sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), in addition to Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Ken Leung (Lost), Miltos Yerolemou (Game of Thrones), Max von Sydow (The Exorcist), Jessica Henwick (Spirit Warriors), Christina Chong (24: Live Another Day), Simon Pegg (Star Trek) and newcomers Crystal Clarke and Pip Andersen.