Disney is actually quite worried about piracy (one reason why they didn’t screen the film for press until the week of the opening on December 18), so there won’t be any phones or cameras allowed inside the Hollywood “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” world premiere on Monday, December 14th. “Force Awakens” was shot on Kodak Film and will screen in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos at Monday night’s event, which Time notes “could be the largest Hollywood premiere ever.” Disney has already shut down a half-mile section of Hollywood Boulevard to make way for spotlights, bleachers, and red carpets at three theaters—including the venerable Chinese, which held the premiere of the original “Star Wars” in 1977. We will be there!
Livestream coverage of the arrivals of cast and filmmakers will begin at Starwars.com starting at 5:30 P.M. PT. The movie begins at 6:30 pm with a reception to follow.
Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams pick up Episode VII of the”Star Wars” saga 30 years after “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.” In case you’ve been hidden in a cave, the film reunites Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels and Peter Mayhew and introduces to the far-away galaxy Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max Von Sydow and Gwendoline Christie. Producers are Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin as executive producers. The screenplay is written by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt.
Disney has formed pacts with a bevy of sponsors and tie-ins, and the world premiere is no exception. HP Inc. ran a video submission contest, inviting fans to record themselves recreating the sounds of a “Star Wars” music track; winners’ video will appear on HP’s video wall on the red carpet. Verizon customers are tweeting questions to the “The Force Awakens” cast during the premiere which will stream live on Starwars.com, FiOS TV and Go 90.
I will report back, but won’t review until Disney’s embargo lifts at 12:01 AM on Wednesday December 16.