Yes, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens world premiere was held last night in Los Angeles, and Hollywood turned out for the passing of the light saber. Let’s go to the photos.
Biker convention? No, it’s Star Wars fans gathered outside the theater to watch the celebs arrive. Some things never change.
The requisite parade of stormtroopers led off the proceedings. Question to ponder: Are there extras in Hollywood who make a living just out of appearing as stormtroopers at public events?
The torch is passed! George Lucas gives the thumbs-up to Abrams (and presumably the film).
By the way, George Lucas’s kids are all grown up. That’s his wife, Mellody Hobson, at left, and his daughters Amanda Lucas and Katie Lucas at right. (Lucas and Hobson also have a young daughter, Everest, born in 2013.)
Here come the stars! That’s newcomer Daisy Ridley in a pretty groovy gown.
…and giving a movie star smile for the camera.
Ridley’s counterpart, John Boyega, also flashed the groovy threads and movie-star smile. Then he…
…used The Force on the gathered paparazzi.
Also using The Force: Mark Hamill, the former Luke Skywalker. Another torch being passed: The gray beard he’s been sporting lately makes you wonder if Hamill isn’t going to go all Obi-Wan in the new film. Alec Guinness was age 62 when the original Star Wars was filmed; Mark Hamill is age 64 now.
Speaking of Obi-Wan, let’s go to the old people!
Cuba Gooding, Jr.? Cuba Gooding, Jr.! He’s 47 years old.
And speaking of Old Hollywood, Geena Davis! She’s 59. The photographers thought it was worth getting…
…an additional shot of her shoes alone. Because, Hollywood glamour.
These events always include a smattering of unknown ingenues, male and female, hoping to get noticed. Here’s Emeraude Toubia, whom Wikipedia says is a former Miss Teen Brownsville. She “first became widely known in 2008, when she was selected to participate in the second season of the Univision reality show/beauty pageant Nuestra Belleza Latina.” Uh-huh.
But enough of the sub-stars. Let’s wrap up with a robotic torch-pass:
Cute newcomer android star BB-8. And…
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens to the public on December 18th. While you wait, check out our list of Star Wars heroes, villains and curiosities »