VIDEO & PICS: A galaxy of stars out in force for Star Wars premiere

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

VIDEO & PICS: A galaxy of stars out in force for Star Wars premiere

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.

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

The plot has been a closely-guarded secret and each trailer and snippet of footage has sent fans wild with excitement and speculation.

Star Wars creator George Lucas was laughing and chatting on the red carpet with Force Awakens director and co-writer JJ Abrams. Lucas has seen the movie and 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.”

Harrison Ford, who reprises his role of Han Solo, arrived at the premiere in a dark suit with his wife Calista Flockhart and said that making a Star Wars movie now is a far cry from making one in the 1970s.

“In the ’70s nobody knew what to anticipate, nobody had seen anything like it, now we have to live up to what the first films delivered,” he said.

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