Fans, stars cheer Star Wars

Fans, stars cheer Star Wars

The magic is back. First audiences at Star Wars praise director in world's biggest movie opening


Stormtroopers walk the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015.


Chewbacca (R), a member of the Hollywood Storm Troopers group, poses for a picture on Hollywood Boulevard


Actor John Boyega attends the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" on December 14th, 2015 in Hollywood
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Filmmaker George Lucas (L) and writer-director J.J. Abrams
Agence Frace-Presse

Movie fans have cheered the Hollywood premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with standing ovations,  applause and screams of delight as the seventh movie in the space epic was screened last night.

Police cordoned off the area around the famed Chinese Theatre on Hollywood  Boulevard which was hosting the premiere along with other nearby theaters. 

As the stars of the latest installment of the epic walked the red carpet,  fans -- some who had camped out for days in their Star Wars costumes - went into a frenzy seeking autographs and pictures of the beloved movie characters.

"This is like the Academy Awards or something," said Harrison Ford, who plays  Han Solo..

Jeff Bock, an analyst at box office tracker Exhibitor Relations, said “this  is probably the biggest opening in decades".

Disney CEO Bob Iger hailed what "could be the biggest premiere we have ever  done."

Ever since 1977, when Star Wars introduced the world to the Force, Jedi knights, Darth Vader, Wookiees and clever droids R2-D2 and C-3PO, the sci-fi saga has built a devoted global fan base that spans generations.

"I've been here since 3 am because I wanted to get a good spot," said  James Salazar, 19, outside the Chinese Theatre. "I've been a fan all my life,  it's my favourite movie and my dad’s also.”

Director J.J. Abrams had the daunting task of taking the intergalactic tale created by George Lucas forward while trying to meet the high expectations of  fans. 

The last Star Wars film came out a decade ago - the final chapter in a prequel trilogy that was less well-received than the original three films from 1977 to 1983.

The plot of The Force Awakens - Episode VII in the franchise - was kept a fiercely guarded mystery and those eager to read reviews had to wait until today when a media embargo is lifted.

"Everyone knows we keep it secret for the right reasons," Ridley said. 


This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
A blockbuster awakens: ’Star Wars’ back on big screen


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