If you weren’t lucky enough to be at the humongous Star Wars premiere in Los Angeles (we’re not bitter about them forgetting our invite, honest) here’s what went down as the seventh instalment of the epic franchise kicked off last night.
To quote the hashtag: #TheRedCarpetAwakens…
A quarter-mile tent linked three iconic Los Angeles cinemas, The Dolby Theatre, The TCL Chinese Theatre and The El Capitan Theatre, making this no ordinary film premiere.
Harrison Ford aka intergalactic badlad Han Solo spoke to starwars.com about the challenges faced by the new film: “In the ’70s nobody knew what to anticipate. Nobody had ever seen anything like it. Now we have to live up to what the first films delivered.”
The Dolby Theatre (home to the Oscars) was the main venue, to which the great and good – old and new – of Star Wars legend were warmly welcomed.
Andy Serkis: excellent character actor and mathematician.
George Lucas received a standing ovation at the premiere, though had no involvement with the movie, having sold Lucasfilm to Disney for a whopping $4bn.
John Boyega, aka new character Finn, was a long way from his hometown of Peckham, south London. He was only wearing one of these fetching gloves, an homage to Luke Skywalker, who wore one to disguise his bionic hand, the original having been lopped off in a battle with Darth Vader in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’.
Joseph Gordon Levitt, dressed as Yoda. What you can’t see here is that he’s wearing Grinch-themed PJ bottoms to make his legs look green.
Everyone who’s everyone was there – even brand new droid BB-8.
Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o and friends.
Peter Mayhew – aka Chewbacca – was wearing a medal that fans once gave him at a Star Wars convention to compensate for the fact that his character did not receive one in the first film, while Han Solo and Luke Skywalker did.
‘The Office’ star Rainn Wilson tweeted: “Me and Walter [his son] are the only ones dressed up at the Premiere!! #ChubbyJedi”
Director Spike Lee and his wife Tonya Lewis turned up. While they declined to wear fancy dress, Spike is rocking some pretty futuristic specs here.
Fans had been queueing days before the Stormtroopers arrived, camping out even though they had pre-booked tickets. They just queued for kicks! Luckily they were allowed to sign out of the queue to go to work or, y’know, shower and stuff. Phew!
Record producer Quincy Jones, famed for his classic work with Michael Jackson, looked pretty excited to be at the premiere.
Director Steven Spielberg was there with his wife, the actress Kate Capshaw, suggesting his rivalry with George is on hold for now.
The star-packed audience included ‘Arrested Development’ star Jason Bateman.
The inimitable Carrier Fisher, aka Princess Leia, was being her usual kooky self. Never change, Carrie.