The next Star Wars film is not due out until December 2022 but fans of the franchise have turned Monday, 4 May, into an unofficial jedi festival.
The hashtag #MayThe4thBeWithYou and variations of it are trending on social media, with Star Wars fans posting clips and images of their favourite characters and moments from George Lucas’s epic sci-fi series.
Typhoons were scrambled this morning after ATC reported hearing unusual sounds over the radio from an unidentified aircraft.— RAF Lossiemouth (@RAFLossiemouth) May 4, 2020
1x Millennium Falcon, registration YT 492727ZED, was visually identified by #TeamLossie QRA.#MayThe4thBeWithYou #MayThe4th 1/3 pic.twitter.com/xhrhK1UZS1
But others were quick to jump on the bandwagon, like the National Trust - guardians of Britain's stately homes - which tweeted a picture of a folly which looks like the droid R2D2, and an RAF base in Scotland.
Star Wars fan Naomi Davies, from London, said: "It's a nice thing for fans to have. They can share their love for Star Wars films. When I saw #MayThe4thBeWithYou was trending it made me chuckle and it brightened up my Monday morning.”
She said: "I had to explain it to my boyfriend because he didn’t get it at first and that helps to spread the joy of Star Wars."
The last film, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, came out in December 2019 and a buzz is already building ahead of the next instalment, Star Wars: The High Republic, which is due out in late 2022, although COVID-19 may delay it further.
It is not clear if the jedi warriors’ famous “force” would protect them from COVID-19.
#StarWars is such an integral part of my life that I don’t know what I’d be without it. I quote it almost daily. The story, the characters, the effects, the cultural impact its had on society. It’s a beautiful, wonderful thing! Thank you George. #MayThe4thBeWithYou pic.twitter.com/4aYPrIEOck— Michael Beltran (@MickyBell) May 4, 2020
Last week, #TheResistance joined @USNavy in deterring #TheEmpire who was attempting to take #earth. #MillenniumFalcon, #Xwings, #USSGeorgeHWBush forced the Empire to retreat without firing one single laser blast.#MayTheForceBeWithYou #MayThe4thBeWithYou #StarWars #StarWarsDay pic.twitter.com/pqHlW0T5hC— U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet (@USNavyEurope) May 4, 2020