New Star Wars movie generating excitement in Indianapolis

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Daisy Ridley
This photo provided by Disney/Lucasfilm shows Daisy Ridley as Rey in a scene from the film, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," directed by J.J. Abrams. The movie opens in U.S. theaters on Dec. 18, 2015. (David James/Disney/Lucasfilm via AP)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — In theaters next weekend is the highly anticipated movie ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’

The movie is expected to make millions, breaking records at the box office.

Fans are already lining up for the Hollywood premiere in California. The movie has generated a lot of excitement in Indianapolis, some people hoping to cash in and others for a good cause.

With a light saber in hand, it’s no surprise that Michael Tucker is a Star Wars fan. He’s also the co-founder and headmaster for a group called Indy Light Saber Academy.

“With the new movie coming out we’re getting a flood of people asking for private parties, birthday parties, wanting to get lessons in before the movies,” said Tucker.

The academy opened for business this year and had great success. Tucker said the academy is a stage combat group, teaching different forms and styles of martial arts using light sabers.

“We also appeal to people who aren’t just Star Wars fan. We have people who come from a fencing background or a martial arts background and they can fall right into it,” said Tucker.

Tucker said he’ll be busy performing on the night of the premiere outside of movie theaters.

Movie theaters across town are getting ready for crowd control. The general manager at Georgetown 14 told 24 Hour News 8 movie goers can expect to see extra security.

“We are allowing costumes. We will check if they have handbags, any helmets, or anything that looks like a real weapon, but if they’re bringing sabers that’s fine,” said Leigh Friedman, Georgetown 14.

Freidman said Brother, Brother Beer Cast will broadcast from the theater that night.

Tickets for the movie are still available. The Indiana Blood Center is giving away 350 tickets at four of its metropolitan locations, Fishers, Carmel, Greenwood and downtown Indianapolis.

The center is asking for people to donate blood in return.  A spokesperson said they are encouraging all blood types, but are in need of O negative.

“We don’t run promotions like this that often,” said Lucy Smith, Indiana Blood Center. “So we’re anticipating seeing a lot of new faces in our centers tomorrow.”

Smith said you can schedule an appointment online. Tickets are while supplies last. The blood center will be open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.

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