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