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Calling all ‘Star Wars’ fans: This is the event you’re looking for

Fans of the “Star Wars” series will be able to see a Star Destroyer and TIE Fighters above the Golden Gate Bridge this weekend through a cellphone app during Force Friday II, a three-day augmented reality event.
Fans of the “Star Wars” series will be able to see a Star Destroyer and TIE Fighters above the Golden Gate Bridge this weekend through a cellphone app during Force Friday II, a three-day augmented reality event. The Associated Press

The Imperial Army is coming to Earth, and you can get a great view of the action.

“Star Wars” fans will be treated to an augmented reality event this weekend, when Force Friday II begins.

Disney’s three-day event – which commemorates the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” – will allow fans to see TIE Fighters and a Star Destroyer through a free cellphone app if they are within a mile of one of 20 landmarks worldwide. There’s also a virtual treasure hunt (similar to the Pokémon Go game) at more than 20,000 retailers and websites in 30 countries.

For Sacramento-area residents, the nearest location to see a Star Destroyer or TIE Fighter is Golden Gate Bridge. The famous San Francisco structure is one of four U.S. landmarks where the visuals will be presented.

“Force Friday II puts fans right at the center of the action using augmented reality to bring our characters to life like never before,” Jimmy Pitaro, Disney’s chairman of consumer products and interactive media, said in a release. “The technology theme continues in the ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ product line, which is our most innovative yet – we can’t wait for fans to see what’s in store.”

Force Friday II begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday. The original Force Friday was held Sept. 4, 2015, to celebrate “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” debuts in theaters on Dec. 15.

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