Will movie hero Jean-Claude Van Damme be able to get back in time for big showing?
THOUSANDS of extras are waiting on tenterhooks to find out whether Hollywood hard man Jean-Claude Van Damme will turn up to the first screening of UFO in Derby tomorrow.
The sci-fi adventure was filmed in the city last summer and directed by Derby-born Dominic Burns.
The film, which was shot at various locations across the city, including Park Farm shopping centre in Allestree, follows five friends who try to survive in the chaos following an alien invasion.
All 5,000 extras from Derby who were part of the film have been invited to the glitzy red-carpet event which is taking place at Quad tomorrow from 7.30pm.
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Mr Burns said the majority of the cast were attending, although he admitted the film's biggest star was struggling to make it.
He said: "Jean-Claude is stuck in Thailand at the moment doing the post-production for another film.
"But the rest of the cast are making an appearance – Sean Brosnan and Sean Pertwee are all confirmed."
Van Damme's daughter, Bianca Bree, who plays Carrie in the film, will also be at the event. She said: "I am so excited to be back in the city and to see all the friends that I made on the set.
"I've not seen the film yet so I'm looking forward to seeing how the film turned out for the big screen.
"It's been a year since I've been in the city and it's great to be back."
Mr Burns said that it was important for him to bring some of the big names to Derby, rather than just having them all at the London premiere, which is happening tonight.
Mr Burns said: "Derby and Quad are so important to me and have helped me get to where I am today.
"I had the premiere of my first film, Cut, there and they've always been very supportive of my career.
"It's great to be bringing it back here. Derby is cosy and quite homely."
The film will be screened at Quad for the general public from Saturday until Thursday, December 20.
Tickets for the film cost £7.60, with concessions costing £6.
Mr Burns will be at Quad after the 7.30pm showing of UFO on Saturday to take part in a question and answer session.
For more information, visit www.derbyquad.co.uk or call Quad on Derby 290606.