One of the major concerns for Disney and Lucasfilm is key plot details for the upcoming “Star WarsThe Force Awakens” leaking out early. With the internet rife with spoilers and speculation, they are keen to keep some of the highly anticipated sequel a secret.

In an effort to keep this mystery and secrecy, Disney will not be screening the film at any critics groups or guilds. This will effectively rule it out of some of the opening gongs of the awards season. “The Force Awakens” as a result will not be eligible for nominations list at the National Board of Review, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, or the Screen Actors Guild.

Disney and Lucasfilm say that keeping a tight lid on the story details of its space opera is far more important than accumulating awards prior to its December 18th opening.

It is also expected that the regular critic and press screenings won’t take place early, or at the most only one or two nights before the general public get to see the film. All this means that the first reactions from the “Episode VII” won’t hit the web until after the Los Angeles world premiere on December 14th, with the majority coming after the film opens wide globally.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens on December 18th and stars: Daisy Ridley, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Warwick Davis, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Andy Serkis, Max von Sydow and Mark Hamill.

Source: The Wrap