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Highlights of the world premiere of 'The Force Awakens'

The police lined up Hollywood Boulevard and "Star Wars" stars and characters, including droid BB-8, marched or rolled up the red carpet on December 14. Here are pictures of this long-awaited event.

The premiere celebrated Monday night in LA's famous Chinese Theater was a very special one. After promoting the seventh part of the saga for a whole year, Disney finally released "The Force Awakens" in three movie theaters at once.

Applauded by hundreds of fans, Harrison Ford, Lupita Nyong'o, Adam Driver, Max von Sydow and numerous other celebrities strolled down the red carpet. Ford explained to journalists that the premieres of the first two parts, celebrated in 1977 and 1980 respectively, did not compare at all to the present megahype.

Among the guests of the premiere was also George Lucas, the inventor of the series. Three years ago, the producer and director sold the rights to his "Star Wars" franchise to Disney. That’s why J.J. Abrams, who had already successfully adapted the science-fiction series "Star Trek," ended up directing the new film.

djo/ad/eg (AP, AFP)

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