There are Star Wars fans, and then there are Star Wars fanatics, and then there’s Danny Heyburgh.
The 44-year-old The Oaks resident has been counting down the seconds until the movie event of the year, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is released at midnight on Wednesday.
Mr Heyburgh is such a big fan of the sci-fi series that he watches one of the franchise’s six existing films at least twice a week, and knows each film word-for-word.
‘‘I saw the original released in 1977 — I love everything about it,’’ he said.
‘‘I grew up watching it as a boy and it was just so ahead of its time, it took you to another place — it was like nothing we’d ever seen before.’’
As soon as tickets went on sale for tonight’s midnight screenings Mr Heyburgh locked his in, and will be taking his 9-year-old son Luke along as well, with both to be dressed in full Star Wars regalia.
Though the last Star Wars film (Revenge of the Sith) hit cinemas before Luke was born, tonight won’t be the youngster’s first cinematic experience with the franchise — he has already seen the 3D release of The Phantom Menace on the big screen.
Passing on his love of the films to his son was a given for Mr Heyburgh, and the pair now frequent pop culture expo Supanova each year, attracting fans of their own.
‘‘I’ve got the prosthetics so Luke can dress up as Darth Maul,’’ he told the Advertiser.
‘‘When we go to Supanova everyone wants their photo taken with Luke — he loves it.’’
Mr Heyburgh said he gets goosebumps every time he sees The Force Awakens’ trailer, and believes the film will have the same feeling as one of the series’ most memorable moments.
‘‘I tell you, this one is going to be like when we found out that Darth was Luke’s father — it’s going to be epic.’’
Midnight screenings of The Force Awakens at United Cinemas Narellan and Event Cinemas Campbelltown sold out weeks ago, but as the only film to be released this week, there will be plenty of showings of the movie in weeks to come.