The past, present and future collided on the red carpet Monday night as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” celebrated its world premiere at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
Stormtroopers stormed Hollywood Boulevard and C-3P0, R2-D2 and BB-8 shared the limelight with human stars of the iconic franchise as well as creator George Lucas.
“The fact that ‘Star Wars’ was such a great success then that gave me the opportunity to be busy,” said Harrison Ford, returning to the Han Solo role that made him famous. “Happily it’s been the kind of family film that gets past on from mothers and fathers to their kids. That’s been great for ‘Star Wars.’ It’s also been great for me.”
Newcomer Lupita Nyong’o basked in the evening’s excitement. “I feel like the whole world’s been waiting for this moment,” said Nyong’o, “and now we’ve all converged here, there’s about to be an awakening.”
Meanwhile, director J.J. Abrams was able to breathe a sigh of relief. “It’s incredible to be here on a night where we can actually just have fun. It’s been so much work.”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens Friday.