‘Sky­walker’ pre­miere gets stand­ing ova­tion

Orlando Sentinel - - PEOPLE & ARTS -

LOS AN­GE­LES — Au­di­ences rose to their feet, giv­ing the lat­est “Star Wars” film a stand­ing ova­tion af­ter the cred­its rolled at the end of the fran­chise’s third tril­ogy.

Cheers erupted with en­thu­si­asm through­out the view­ing of “The Rise of Sky­walker” on Mon­day night. The film was met with a slew of pos­i­tive re­views de­spite di­rec­tor J.J. Abrams telling the au­di­ence be­fore­hand that he was “mostly ter­ri­fied” to show the movie. Seated in the Dolby The­atre in Hol­ly­wood were Mark Hamill, who played Luke Sky­walker, and di­rec­tor Steven Spiel­berg, whom Abrams specif­i­cally thanked.

Co­me­dian-ac­tor Seth Green, who at­tended the world pre­miere with his wife, Clare Grant, said he en­joyed watch­ing how the lat­est film closed the fi­nal chap­ter of the Sky­walker saga.

“I loved it,” Green said. “I’m go­ing to be un­pack­ing this for a while. It’s dense, it’s deep, it’s full of awe­some stuff. To me, it’s a sat­is­fy­ing fi­nale of this saga.”

Fans turned the pre­miere into a liv­ing trib­ute to var­i­ous eras of the space epic fran­chise, with some dressed up like Hamill’s Luke and Car­rie Fisher’s Princess Leia from the 1977 orig­i­nal film, while oth­ers opted for the look of the char­ac­ters’ mother, Queen Ami­dala, and many donned the ar­mor of Stormtroop­ers, bounty hunters and Darth Vader.

At­ten­dees were treated to a blue car­pet spec­ta­cle that in­cluded ap­pear­ances by the droids C-3PO and R2-D2, and Chew­bacca step­ping out of a black sport util­ity ve­hi­cle and pos­ing for pho­tog­ra­phers with long arms stretched in the air.

Guests in­cluded Har­ri­son Ford and ac­tors made fa­mous by the new­est tril­ogy: Daisy Ri­d­ley, John Boyega, Os­car Isaac and Kelly Marie Tran.

“Rise of Sky­walker” ar­rives in the­aters Fri­day.

CHRIS PIZZELLO/INVI­SION

Fran­chise stars John Boyega, left, and Mark Hamill at the pre­miere of “Star Wars: The Rise of Sky­walker.”

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