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Disney has confirmed that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will be released in Chinese theaters on Jan. 9, 2016.

That will make the world’s second largest theatrical market the last major territory to receive the blockbuster, which opens in most territories before the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Sources close to Disney say that the company is working to set a date for a gala premiere in China and that some talent is expected to attend.

While the film is released in China by the state-owned distribution giant China Film Group, Hollywood’s studios are taking an ever more active role in marketing and promotion. For “Star Wars” Disney is working with local celebrity Lu Han.

Chinese celebrity Lu Han with BB8, promoting "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"