Cheers for familiar, new ‘Star Wars’ characters at premiere

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BB-8 is a new droid that will appear prominently in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'. Instead of using computer graphics, the design team opted to create the revolutionary robot in real life.

LOS ANGELES (December 15, 2015) — Audiences excitedly embraced the new “Star Wars” film at its worldwide premiere Monday, cheering new and old characters as the franchise returned to the big screen for the first time in a decade.

Those who watched “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at the TCL Chinese Theater cheered the appearances of familiar characters such as Han Solo and Chewbacca and new characters Rey and Captain Phasma.

Actor Patton Oswalt says the film is fun and reminded him of what made him a “Star Wars” fan as a child.

Disney rolled out the film at three Hollywood theaters Monday evening for around 5,000 invited guests. The premiere featured a red carpet lined by Stormtrooper costumes and other memorabilia.

“The Force Awakens” opens to the public on Friday and has already broken pre-sale ticket records.


The countdown to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is in its final days.  The movie doesn’t officially release until Friday, but you can actually catch a few showings beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday night in Indianapolis.  We want to know when you’ll be seeing the movie, or maybe you’re not a fan and have decided to skip it!  Vote in our poll of the day!

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