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Disney Delays Publication Of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Tie-In Book Until 3 Weeks After Movie Release To Stop Spoilers

Disney Delays Publication Of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Tie-In Book Until 3 Weeks After Movie Release To Stop Spoilers

If you’re not seeing “Star Wars: For The Awakens” on December 18th, you might have to go on total social media blackout. Shut down your Facebook account, turn off Twitter, and precede every conversation with a warning to whomever you’re speaking with that you haven’t seen the movie yet. Why? There’s apparently some mega-spoilers you’ll want to experience fresh, and Disney is taking things a step further to protect them.

The Wall Street Journal has revealed that the mouse house has requested that Penguin Random House’s Del Rey imprint not release the official tie-in book for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” until January 5, 2016 — a full three weeks after the film has been in theaters. And Del Rey has agreed to keep the book under wraps — at least physically. The e-book will still be available as of December 18th, since it’ll be easier to contain leaks with a controlled digital release.

“We would love to release both formats of the novelization simultaneously and not miss the holidays, but we recognize the importance of protecting the story for the fans,” David Moench of Del Rey said. As context for how the times have changed, WSJ notes that the novelization of “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge Of The Sith” was in stores six weeks before the movie arrived.

Meanwhile, people are finding spoilers where there probably aren’t any, and the latest is apparently in a new Duracell ad. In the spot (see below), there is a segment with a little girl dressed up as Daisy Ridley‘s Rey, with ScreenRant saying the ad shows that the character is “force sensitive.” Is that a spoiler? Seems like an obvious guess that most would make, it probably pays to remember that Lucasfilm and Disney work pretty closely with advertisers on stuff like this, so it’s like not like you’re going to see Evil Luke Skywalker pop up in a banana commercial (though, maybe that would be amazing).

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens on December 18th.

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