This 1 Actor Was the Best Part of the ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Premiere
The star-studded world premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi was held in Los Angeles on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. Everyone was there, from writer-director Rian Johnson down to BB-8.
The cast and crew clearly had a great time, but one actor stood out among the rest. Read on to find out who, and check out more highlights from the night.
Everyone clearly had a blast
Photos from the premiere show a huge group really enjoying themselves. The Verizon-sponsored event brought many of the stars together for the first time in a while, and everyone appeared happy to be hanging out again.
In attendance were actors Anthony Daniels, Lupita Nyong’o, Benicio Del Toro, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Joonas Suotamo, John Boyega, Kelly Marie Tran, Andy Serkis, Laura Dern, Domhnall Gleeson, and Gwendoline Christie. They were joined by Johnson, Disney CEO Bob Iger, chairman Alan Horn, and producers Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman.
John Boyega made it against all odds
Some may be surprised to see Boyega’s name listed among his co-stars. Boyega tweeted that he was stranded in Atlanta mere hours before the premiere in Los Angeles.
Johnson followed the saga on the social media platform, telling Boyega to hurry up and get there. Hamill joined in, tweeting some #FatherlyAdvice (which sent fans into a tizzy), with Boyega confirming that he made it just in time, sans luggage.
Daisy Ridley was overwhelmed
Aside from Boyega’s intriguing comments, Ridley made her own proclamations at the premiere. A lot has been kept under wraps leading up to the film’s release, and the star has become an expert at keeping Star Wars secrets.
When ABC News correspondent Nick Watt talked about the moment in the trailer when Rey appears to be speaking to Kylo and he holds out his hand to her, Ridley replies, “Does he?” before smiling mischievously. What she did confess was that the hubbub surrounding the film “feels just as overwhelming” as it did when The Force Awakens came out.
Kelly Marie Tran stole the show
The Star Wars franchise is responsible for launching many promising careers. And clearly, these young talents share a bond like no other.
Though it was Ridley’s second time around she was on hand to comfort Kelly Marie Tran, who was overcome with emotion at her first big red carpet event. Tran, who plays Rose Tico in the film, documented her journey via social media, and it was quite a ride.
Plenty of other stars appeared in Hollywood that night. In addition to the cast, other Disney collaborators like Tessa Thompson, Jon Favreau, and Ava DuVernay were present for the big event.
And let’s not forget the more silent members of the Star Wars crew. Costumed Stormtroopers and new villains the Elite Praetorian Guard made their way down the red carpet, as did lovable favorites like C-3PO, R2-D2, and BB-8.
Carrie Fisher tribute
The happy event was also marked by one sad note. The Last Jedi was the first major Star Wars premiere of the new films since the death of Princess/General Leia, Carrie Fisher.
Johnson took the stage before the screening, saying, “I want to dedicate tonight to Carrie, who is up there right now flipping me the bird, saying ‘Damn it Rian, don’t you dare make this night a solemn tribute.’” At the time of her death, Fisher had completed her scenes for the film and had been scheduled to appear in Episode IX.
Rian Johnson is excited to please the fans
It was recently announced that Johnson, who wrote and directed The Last Jedi, will be moving on to create a new Star Wars trilogy. But for now, he just hopes that everyone likes this movie.
“It’s the middle chapter. We have to really challenge the characters, so it is going to go to some intense places, but it was really important for me that it still felt like a Star Wars movie. That means it feels fun,” Johnson told The Hollywood Reporter.
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