The stars aligned in Hollywood last night for the world premiere screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, just days before it hits theaters on Friday. The festivities on the red carpet were streamed live for fans all over the world, but in case you missed out on this epic event, Walt Disney Studios has provided us with more than 500 photos from this premiere. Director J.J. Abrams was joined by the entire cast, along with a number of other actors and filmmakers representing the Holllywood elite and die-hard Star Wars fans alike.
The stars were even joined by a few robotic guests as well, with the beloved droids BB-8, R2-D2 and C-3PO walking the red carpet last night. Other Hollywood stars who attended the premiere include Modern Family star Sarah Hyland, Brendan Gleeson, the father of Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Domhnall Gleeson, Diane Sawyer and the creator of the Star Wars universe, George Lucas. The studio also provided a number of photos from the after party, which includes one shot of John Boyega pictured alongside one of Disney's other rising stars, Chadwick Boseman, who will play Black Panther.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will introduce three new heroes into the Star Wars universe, John Boyega's Finn, Daisy Ridley's Rey and Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron, along with Adam Driver's villainous Kylo Ren. Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and Carrie Fisher are also reprising their iconic roles from the original trilogy, although very little is known about their characters. The Star Wars: The Force Awakens supporting cast includes Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Lupita Nyong'o as Maz Kanata, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke and Max von Sydow as an unidentified character.
Earlier today, we showed you a handful of the early reactions to the premiere, which thankfully don't feature any major spoilers. One of the biggest secrets surrounding the film involves Luke Skywalker, who hasn't been featured in any of the trailers, photos or other bits of footage released thus far. His absence has fueled several rumors about what he's been up to since Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, none of which have been confirmed, although many are quite intriguing. We do know that Luke Skywalker will return in Star Wars: Episode VIII, under the direction of Rian Johnson.
J.J. Abrams is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason D. McGatlin serving as executive producers. Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be followed by the first spinoff, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, arriving on December 16, 2016. Star Wars: Episode VIII is slated for release on May 26, 2017, with Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo Movie arriving on May 25, 2018 and Star Wars: Episode IX premiering sometime in 2019. Take a look at these new photos from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere, and stay tuned for more on this epic adventure, which hits theaters in just three short days.