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Droids and bikinis star in massive new Star Wars exhibition in London

A major new Star Wars exhibition in London will give fans the chance to explore the background of the series’ main characters. Around 200 props, costumes and pieces of artwork from the films will be on show at the O2 exhibition centre, in London’s Docklands, with some being displayed for the first time.

Stormtroopers invade London
Stormtroopers invade London. Image by Star Wars Identities

Highlights of the interactive show, which is titled Star Wars Identities, include Princes Leia’s bikini, R2D2’s costume and one of Darth Vader’s suits. The show also allows visitors to explore the Star Wars universe, examine the way its heroes, villains and monsters were created, and even create their own character.

The exhibition has been created by X3 Productions, using props on loan from the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. X3 President Jacques-Andres Dupont said the show, which has previously touched down in Canada and Germany, would open fans’ eyes. “We get a deeper understanding of their identities, and, at the same time, we get a deeper understanding of our own,” he explained.

Princess Leia's famous bikini will be just one of the costumes on display.
Princess Leia’s famous bikini will be just one of the costumes on display. Image by Star Wars Identities

The seventh film in the Star Wars franchise, The Force Awakens, became the third highest-grossing film of all time when it opened in December 2015. A new stand-alone movie, Rogue One, will be released in December 2016.

Despite being set in a galaxy far, far away, Star Wars has used numerous destinations around the world for filming. Recent locations used include Skellig Michael and County Clare in Ireland, Puzzlewood in England’s Forest of Dean and Abu Dhabi.

Props will also be on display at the exhibition.
Props will also be on display at the exhibition. Image by Star Wars Identities

Star Wars Identities runs from 18 November this year to 3 September 2017, and tickets go on sale on Friday 30 September. Visitors can attend the exhibition in costume, although light sabres are banned “out of consideration for other visitors”.