China is set for its first-ever screening of all six 'Star Wars' movies.

J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams

The iconic sci-fi franchise has never previously been shown in the world's most populous country, but the Shanghai International Film Festival and Walt Disney Pictures have announced that all of the movies in the series will screen over the course of the festival, which will be staged from June 13 until June 21.

Organisers of the event described 'Star Wars' as "the greatest sci-fi masterpiece in film history," adding that the hope is to generate interest in the Disney-owned brand before the release of the eagerly-awaited 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'.

Meanwhile, J.J. Abrams - who's directed the latest movie in the franchise - recently previewed 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', saying the film features a "wonderful preposterousness".

He shared: "It's so old-school and crazy.

"We could improve this thing, but at some point do we lose the wonderful preposterousness?"

The 48-year-old director also revealed he gave one very specific instruction to Hollywood legend Harrison Ford, who's returned to the role of Han Solo for the much-hyped new movie.

J.J. said: "I knew that he had done in some movies a kind of more growly thing, and I didn't want Han to be growly."