Countdown to 'Star Wars'

Big day is finally here

Poster for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Poster for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Lucasfilm

This is it. Since May 4, I have been writing a daily blog counting down the days until the official opening of “Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens.”

That’s 228 blogs providing updates on the new movie, interviews with celebrities about their memories of seeing “Star Wars,” examinations of toys and presentation of quizzes.

When the idea was pitched by my editor, it seemed like an impossible task. But, the combination of my love for the “Star Wars” franchise with the hunger by fans for any and all news kept me going. It has been easier in the last few weeks after getting to talk to many of the cast members of the new movie.

“The Force Awakens” is the beginning of what will be a long line of “Star Wars” movies. But, there will never be as much excitement as this re-launch of the series. The marketing Force was so strong that this is one of the most hyped movies in film history.

The movie officially opens today in more than 4,000 theaters. If the long lines already forming for the Thursday night screenings is any indication, box office records won’t just be broken but destroyed.

If this blog has provided you any information or entertainment while you waited, then it was worth it. Thank you for reading and may the Force be with you.

Rick Bentley: 559-441-6355, @RickBentley1