You didn't think Star Wars: The Force Awakens was going to arrive in theaters with little to no fanfare did you? Disney and Lucasfilm are pulling out all the stops for this first Star Wars sequel in over ten years. And it's going to be a big party. Directed by J.J. Abrams and starring John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac, the 7th installment in the Skywalker family saga is going to have its world premiere in Los Angeles on December 14. Then, a number of star-studded premiers will happen around the world.
These premieres will all be quite massive. After showing on the big screen for the first time anywhere in Los Angeles, all participating cast and crew will jump into the Millennium Falcon and hit light speed for London. The rest of the locations have yet to be revealed. But it is said that the Los Angeles premiere will be one of the biggest red carpet events in history. Executives, agents and journalists from all over Hollywood are already jockeying to line up their tickets and get a position on the press line.
Disney and Lucasfilm are intent on keeping the film's secrets in place until it plays out on screens across America on opening day, December 18. That means there will be minimal screenings for press, along with the cast and crew, leading up to the premiere. While various members of the cast and crew have appeared at several conventions, including Comic-Con 2015 and D23, the Los Angeles premiere will be the first time that the entire cast and crew is brought together in a public forum, with original cast members Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill set to appear alongside the newcomers, some of which have not made any public appearances, such as Max von Sydow and Lupita Nyong'o. Others who have appeared at various Q&As, such as Adam Driver an Domhnall Gleeson will also be in attendance, making this a once in a lifetime event.
Though, at this time, no one has been officially confirmed to appear. The premiere, which has not announced a venue, will also likely bring out an army of Star Wars fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the stars both old and new. It is speculated that the Los Angeles premiere will be one of the hardest Hollywood events to ever get into unless you are somehow directly associated with the production. And event then, it sounds like a lot of family and friends are going to be left on the sidelines.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope had its world premiere in May, 1977 at Hollywood's Chinese Theater where it wasn't quite the circus the premiere for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will surely turn out to be. The last Star Wars movie to have a Los Angeles premiere was Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith in May, 2005. It debuted at the Mann Village Theater in Westwood. That premiere was set up to benefit the charity Artists for a New South Africa. While Star Wars: The Force Awakens has raised a lot of money for UNICEF's Force for Change program, it isn't mentioned if that will tie into this upcoming event in December. While Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith may have been the last live-action movie to hold a red carpet premiere, the animated feature film Star Wars: The Clone Wars debuted at the Egyptian Theater in August of 2008. So, who's camping out this time around?