Lucasfilm has appealed to Star Wars fans to keep their lightsabers and blasters holstered to avoid causing alarm following the Paris terror attacks.
The company founded by George Lucas made the request to fan groups ahead of the premiere of new Star Wars film in Los Angeles tonight, before it gets its first showing in London on Wednesday.
And the release of The Force Awakens has prompted cinemas to warn moviegoers that they will be asked to remove Darth Vader masks and keep their lightsabers sheathed at screenings.
Richard Walker, 66, president of the Norwich Star Wars Club, confirmed a request had been sent to the group to avoid taking their weapons out when posing for pictures at events in the community.
He said: ‘We’ve been asked by George Lucas not to use or draw weapons. Most cinemas have asked everyone to leave them at home. We’re fine with that.