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LIVE: Watch the Red Carpet Presentation at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Premiere!

TCL Chinese TheaterIn 1977, the first Star Wars film opened at the TCL Chinese Theater. Now, over 38 years later, the seventh installment in the film franchise is going to make its world premiere there, alongside presentations at the Dolby Theater and the El Capitan Theater. The official Star Wars website is streaming the event, and we’ll cover you on every bit of news as it breaks.


The stream can be viewed here. Unfortunately, there’s no embed code, so we can’t put the stream in the article.


  • 5:20 EST – The stream begins.
  • 5:21 – Bob Iger arrives. He explains that the extravagant look to the setting was done as tribute for what he believes is the most influential mythology of all time. He claims the film is a celebration of both the past and future of the franchise.
  • 5:24 – Stormtroopers walk into the theater, followed by C-3PO, R2-D2, and BB-8.
  • 5:26 – A behind-the-scenes featurette about how BB-8 was brought to life and how the cast reacted to it.
  • 5:28 – Domnhall Gleeson arrives and is interviewed. He expresses interest in getting to play the bad guy (General Hux) for a change.
  • 5:33 – Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy claims that the movie will be enjoyable even for those who have not seen the previous films. She admires the optimism of the franchise, and cites it as a reason the films are so popular around the world.
  • 5:39 – Andy Serkis praises the level of secrecy that surrounded the film. He notes that it was interesting playing Supreme Leader Snoke before actually knowing what the character looked like.
  • 5:41 – Adam Driver noted that it was interesting to play a character like Kylo Ren, who will be considered “iconic” for years to come. He notes that he did take the masks off between takes, contrary to popular belief. His favorite part of filming was playing off of the “legacy” cast.
  • 5:43 – Rebels Executive Producer Dave Filoni claimed that he has yet to see the film, and is looking forward to seeing it as a fan.
  • 5:48 – Harrison Ford appears and described the difference between making a movie in the 70s and making a movie now. He claimed that it was important to live up to the legacy of the other films. His advice to the future Han Solo actor in the Anthology film is to bring their own life to the character as opposed to simply imitating the actor who made him famous.
  • 5:50 – Anthony Daniels, playing the role of C-3PO a total of 65 times, claims that his loyalty to the role comes out of being very fond of the character.
  • 5:53 – The sound team claims that getting the sounds right for all the droids was a difficult, but rewarding process.
  • 5:56 – George Lucas is interviewed. He wanted to make the Star Wars franchise to appeal to adolescents and those that follow mythology. He describes the movie as being about family and the challenges each generation must face. He claims that he is working on his films “for myself and my friends”.
  • 6:03 – A featurette on “Force For Change” charity drive is shown.
  • 6:06 – Lupita Nyong’o describes the challenges it took to bring Maz Kanata to life. She describes her imagination as being “completely fed” by the experiences she had on set when she needed to film greenscreen work for her character.
  • 6:11 – Stephen Spielberg said that he knew the franchise would last forever after the worldwide impact of its historic 1977 premiere. He notes that he feels proud of J. J. Abrams for what he has accomplished so far as a filmmaker.
  • 6:13 – J. J. Abrams discusses the surreal nature of being at the event tonight. He also jokingly apologizes to the traffic that the event has caused.
  • 6:16 – The winners of the “Force For Change” contest express their gratitude for being able to see the movie early.
  • 6:18 – Billie Dee Williams looks forward to the production values of the film. When asked if he might appear in the films again as Lando Calrissian, he said “we’ll see”.
  • 6:22 – A documentary about the history of Star Wars at the TCL Chinese Theater and what the fans think of the experience of seeing the films there.
  • 6:23 – Writer Lawrence Kasdan claims that he’s not seen anything like the hype for this new movie. He also notes that he, his son, Phil Lord, and Christopher Miller are all hard at work for the script of the Han Solo movie.
  • 6:27 – Mark Hamill notes that the original film didn’t even have a premiere, yet still managed to break the bank. He notes that the decision to keep Luke Skywalker’s role quiet is deliberate, and that his role in the film is important.
  • 6:30 – Voice actor Sam Witwer teases the interviewer about the name of the film, noting the similarity of the name to his game, The Force Unleashed. He is hugely excited to see the franchise’s grand return.
  • 6:32 – John Boyega expresses extreme excitement toward being able to star in the movie, and was very grateful toward the crew for bringing him aboard. He notes that his father had never heard of Star Wars until he got the role, and gave a shout-out to his entire family.
  • 6:35 – Carrie Fisher and Oscar Isaac are both interviewed at once. Isaac apparently shot a scene where Poe Dameron tells someone that Leia prefers to be addressed as “General” over “Princess” now, but the scene wasn’t used.
  • 6:40 – Gwendoline Christie is doing her best to keep calm in an exciting environment. She describes her role as Captain Phasma as being a huge privilege, and liked that she was able to play the first prominent female villain in the film franchise.
  • 6:43 – Puppeteer Frank Oz notes that he had fun reprising his role as Yoda in Rebels. He notes that he prefers doing a voice-over when playing Yoda than actually operating the puppet while acting.
  • 6:47 – Daisy Ridley describes her involvement as feeling personal in spite of it being substantially larger than any film she’s ever worked on before. She also mentioned that she and John Boyega both goofed around on the set when they weren’t filming.
  • 6:49 – Colin Trevorrow (Episode IX‘s director) and Dennis Muren (Digital Effects Supervisor for The Force Awakens) both enjoyed seeing the fan reactions to the movie, and they look forward to the future of the franchise.
  • 6:53 – A recap of the stream is shown.


Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.


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