"The Force Awakens," seventh in the series that began with "A New Hope" in 1977, is the first new film in the franchise in 10 years.
Berlin saw the official premiere of the new instalment, with stars walking the red carpet at the Zoo Palast cinema in the west of the city.
But the real focus was on the costumed fans, some of whom had spent months and years preparing for this moment.
A group of fans in costume at the Berlin premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Photo: DPA
Imperial troopers were in good company with a full-scale TIE fighter constructed outside the cinema entrance.
An imperial TIE fighter from Star Wars outside the Zoo Palast cinema in west Berlin. Photo: DPA
The same scenes were repeated across Germany, although one squad of storm troopers in Nuremberg got a bit tired and had to stop for a drink.
A group of fans dressed as Imperial Storm Troopers from Star Wars wait for a coffee in Nuremberg at a midnight showing of the new movie. Photo: DPA
Even photos of those who hadn't bothered dressing up couldn't escape the inevitable stormtroopers in the background.
Wir sind bei der Star Wars Premiere!! :D Schauen jetzt den Film ✌ pic.twitter.com/wqdMenL05O— Anton (@reyst) December 16, 2015
But the Jedi put in a showing too, with this pair from Nuremberg and Göttingen wielding their lightsabres for the good guys.
Steve from Nuremberg and Ines from Heidelberg posing as Jedis on the new Star Wars movie's opening night. Photo: DPA
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