Jarryd joins the dark side

December 02, 2016

Cosplayer Jarryd McGregor will be repping for the Dark Side at the first Shepparton screening of Rogue One.

Star Wars fans will be in for a long night later this month when the latest film from the franchise premiers at midnight.

Shepparton’s Village Cinema will host the special midnight screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on Thursday, December 15, for all the fans who want to be among the first to see the movie.

Superfan Jarryd McGregor, 20, from Strathmerton, plans to catch the new film at midnight and he has a special outfit just for the occasion.

Mr McGregor is part of the Star Wars fandom that creates elaborate costumes based on the movies’ many heroes and villains.

The hobby, which is known as cosplay, can see fans go to great lengths to create a screen-accurate costume.

‘‘It’s crazy and expensive,’’ Mr McGregor said.

‘‘But having the costume to own is pretty cool.’’

His current costume is based on Kylo Ren, the mysterious Force-powered villain portrayed by Adam Driver in last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

‘‘The lightsaber cost me about $400 and the costume itself cost me upwards of about $300 to $400, and the helmet was $120,’’ Mr McGregor said.

‘‘I think it is worth it.’’

At pop-culture conventions including Supernova and Shepparton’s own Nerdmania, Mr McGregor’s costume has earned a lot of attention.

‘‘At one point I couldn’t walk five metres without someone stopping me for a photo,’’ he said.

He is especially looking forward to Rogue One to see a reappearance of a familiar Star Wars villain on the silver screen.

‘‘To see Darth Vader on the big screen is really exciting. The Force Awakens was the first one I saw at the cinema so I haven’t seen (that character) on the big screen,’’ he said.

Rogue One is the first standalone Star Wars film that is separate from the main series.

The film will tell the story of the group of rebel soldiers who steal the plans for the Empire’s Death Star battle station, which was originally seen in the very first Star Wars film, A New Hope, in 1977.

Shepparton’s Village Cinemas started selling tickets to the special midnight screening of Rogue One earlier this week.

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