LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Colorful droids and armor-clad stormtroopers rubbed shoulders with Hollywood VIPs on Monday at the world premiere of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” the ninth and final movie episode in the sci-fi fable of a celebrated Jedi master.
Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) closed off an entire city block in the center of Hollywood to host the celebrity-studded debut screening of the highly anticipated film, which opens for the general public in theaters around the world on Thursday.
Staff waving glowing light sabers guided premiere attendees, among them “Star Wars” royalty Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill, to the event’s ceremonial blue carpet under a large tent, outfitted to resemble a spaceship hangar beneath a star-lit sky. Replicas of three X-wing Starfighters dangled overhead.
Actor Harrison Ford, whose Hans Solo character died in the 2015 installment “The Force Awakens,” joined the celebration. Adam Driver, returning in “Rise of Skywalker” as Solo’s…
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