Photos And Hot Takes From The 'Rogue One' Premiere In Hollywood
Rogue One, the latest entry in the Star Wars franchise, was unveiled Saturday night at a red carpet premiere at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. The buildup had been immense, with city officials closing down a large stretch of Hollywood Boulevard and parking a true-to-scale X-wing on it.
Here's what the scene was like before the ensuing fray of actors, rabid fans, and paparazzi had landed on the scene:
Of course, the cast showed up in their most bespoke attire to support the film. As seen in this picture (posted by cast member Riz Ahmed), Stormtroopers loomed over them in a threatening fashion, jabbing their blasters at the actors' backs and whispering, "Smile, damn it. Smile harder!"
The X-wing, it seems, had finally found a designated spot after it was illegally parked in the middle of the street:
Rebel starfighters weren't the only ones on the scene. A TIE fighter, the spacecraft of choice for those of the Dark Side persuasion, also showed up at the nearby Avalon nightclub for a party:
The star-studded event went beyond its native cast of actors. According to the L.A. Times, the invitees included everyone from Moby to The Wonder Years' Fred Savage. We also spotted the Backstreet Boys' A.J. McLean and Kevin Richardson in attendance (note: it's widely known that N'Sync fans are more aligned with Star Trek).
And what's a fanboy event without Kevin Smith in attendance? Here, he does his Silent Bob routine with Vader:
The most surprising guest may have been Bill Nye, who'd famously knocked on Star Wars for being based on "magic," rather than the hard-nosed science of Star Trek.
How was the movie? It was great, apparently. Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz offers his take on the merits of the film:
Initial thoughts: rogue one is the perfect counter balance for the force awakens... I loved both....— pw (@petewentz) December 11, 2016
... there is a complexity that exists in rogue one that I have never seen in another Star Wars film- layers and layers of gray.— pw (@petewentz) December 11, 2016
Moby said it was "really dark," but "in a really good way":
So there you have it. If you were undecided about whether or not to see Rogue One, you now have your answer. The movie is slated for a wide release on December 16.