Hollywood Feels the Force of StarWars at World Premiere; 'No Franchise in the History of Motion Pictures Has Been as Incendiary and Enduring as Star Wars', Says Steven Spielberg - and the Stars Were out in Force for the Premiere of the Most Eagerly-Anticipated Film of the Year - Star Wars: Episode VII - the Force Awakens

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Hollywood Feels the Force of StarWars at World Premiere; 'No Franchise in the History of Motion Pictures Has Been as Incendiary and Enduring as Star Wars', Says Steven Spielberg - and the Stars Were out in Force for the Premiere of the Most Eagerly-Anticipated Film of the Year - Star Wars: Episode VII - the Force Awakens


THE Force finally returned to Hollywood as Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill walked the red carpet at the world premiere of the highly-anticipated new Star Wars movie.

The trio were joined by an army of Stormtroopers plus C-3PO, R2-D2 and BB-8 for the premiere of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.

A long stretch of Hollywood Boulevard was closed to traffic for days ahead of the unveiling of the film and a huge white tent was erected as fans camped outside the TCL Chinese Theatre for more than a week in anticipation of the first public screening.

The film has already made box office history in the UK, where it has sold more than half a million tickets for its opening week at one cinema chain alone.

The seventh instalment in the series, which comes 10 years after the last film, reunites the original trio who were absent from the prequels. They are joined by newcomers Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson and Gwendoline Christie.

The plot of the movie is a closelyguarded secret and each trailer and snippet of footage has sent fans wild with excitement and speculation.

Only a handful of people had seen it in full before it was finally screened in three cinemas on Hollywood Boulevard, including the TCL Chinese Theatre where the first movie premiered.

Star Wars creator George Lucas was spotted laughing and chatting with The Force Awakens director and co-writer JJ Abrams on the red carpet. Lucas has already seen the movie and has reportedly given it his seal of approval.

Dressed in a navy jacket and checked shirt, he said: "It's a film about families and what one generation leaves behind another generation has to deal with."

He added: "I started off wanting to do a film for young people who were going through adolescence, with mythological themes and spiritual themes. That is what resonated with people."

Abrams, who has previously directed two Star Trek movies and an instalment in the Mission: Impossible franchise, said he was not looking to put his own mark on the Star Wars film, but instead wanted to honour the story.

"I don't look at the things I do from a vantage point of putting a stamp on it, I'm trying to service the master of the stories and the characters," he said. "It feels like it has been three years of a lot of work but at the same time it's like, 'How did this happen so quickly?'."

Director Steven Spielberg, who has known Abrams since he was a teenager, said he was very proud of what he had accomplished.

He added: "The cultural event of the first Star Wars was a seismic shock wave that went round the world and never went away, no franchise in the history of motion pictures has been as incendiary and enduring as Star Wars. …

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