Star Wars fans that haven’t been living under a rock on Jakku for the past 12 months will be slavering over the fact that the cast gathered at LA’s Shrine Auditorium this weekend (December 9) for the premiere of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. With attendees Tweeting about the movie being a rollercoaster ride of “big moments” and possibly even the best Star Wars movie yet, it was certainly a night of celebration to rank alongside an Ewok victory feast. Here, in pictures, are the highlights.
The Shrine Auditorium in LA was whisked to a galaxy far, far away for the night, needing only a few Tusken raiders to make it a full-on Tatooine fortress.
Barely a bounty was collected that night, as a battalion of Bobas lined the red carpet, leaving the sci-fi fugitives of the universe to run amok.
There was some confusion as the hired-in bouncers wondered if they needed to see guests’ identification, and if these were the seats they were looking for.
Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley clashed over who they thought was going to get the biggest career boost from the new movie.
John Boyega (Finn) gets word of the critical response to “the best Star Wars movie” (according to comicbook.com anyway).
Star villains Adam Driver and Benicio Del Toro hatched fiendish plans to crush the Resistance between photocalls.
Supreme Leader Snoke (aka motion capture superstar Andy Serkis) arrived with personal bodyguards charged with stopping anyone finding out what the hell he was.
Virtually a walking spoiler, one-time ewok Warwick Davis was there with his family, keeping schtum about his role in the movie…
Heads were turned when BB-8’s date showed up – looks like he’s fallen for his Imperial counterpart. Or is, gasp, Darth Vader really his father?
A couple of discotroopers – or the Praetorian Guard as they’re known to Starheads – got down on the dancefloor with Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico) and Domhnall Gleeson (Armitage Hux).
With no Han to upstage him for the first time ever, Mark Hamill basked in the spotlight as the centrepiece of the Last Jedi mystery.
Radiohead’s Thom Yorke found his new soulmate in BB-8, the only premiere attendee who was speaking his language.
Once again, however, the whole event was let down by accessibility issues. Some guests were unable to get into the auditorium at all.
With all the cameras around, the Star Wars team pretended to put aside their differences and get along for the night, despite her being the secret love-child of them and him really being the father of that one and those two being estranged twins and… actually, we’ve no idea, we haven’t seen it.
Even Chewbacca (aka Peter Mayhew) made it along, despite being confined to a scooter these days. How quickly it can make the Kessel Run was unconfirmed.
Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata) lit up the red carpet like a vision in emerald.
Daisy Ridley, for a character of such uncertain parentage, certainly enjoyed her night, mingling with fans and generally using her Jedi mind tricks to stop journalists asking her for major plot points.