‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ world premiere takes place in Los Angeles

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rainn Wilson dress up as Yoda and a Jedi on red carpet

New Star Wars film The Force Awakens has received its world premiere, with the movie being screened to the stars, journalists and select fans in Los Angeles on Monday night (December 14).

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in cinemas on Thursday (December 17), with the UK premiere taking place in London on Wednesday (December 16).

The Los Angeles world premiere took place at the TCL Chinese Theatre, which hosted the premiere of the first Star Wars movie in 1977.

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Reports say that more than 150 fans had camped outside the theatre for days queuing for tickets for the first public screenings later this week when they were surprised with invitations to the premiere.

Among the highlights from the premiere were actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt dressing as Yoda, The Office star Rainn Wilson dressing up as a Jedi, plus Stormtroopers and robots C-3PO and R2D2 joining the film’s stars on the red carpet.

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The story of The Force Awakens takes place 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jed but specific plot details are being kept tightly under wraps. The film’s script was penned by director J.J. Abrams, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt and Star Wars franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan.

Alongside the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, the film’s cast includes Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis. Ford recently confirmed that he has already seen the film, calling it “wonderful” and “a real big movie”.

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Watch video footage from the premiere below, via The Guardian: