Two generations of Star Wars actors have walked the red carpet at the world premiere of Episode VII – The Force Awakens in Los Angeles.
The event brought Hollywood Boulevard to a halt as the first screenings of the seventh film in the franchise were held simultaneously at three cinemas.
The new droid BB-8 was one of the first characters to appear in front of the cameras on the red carpet. The football-shaped droid has been a popular fixture in trailers, and it was soon joined by series mainstays C-3PO and R2-D2.
British newcomers Gwendoline Christie and Daisy Ridley were among the first to human stars to arrive at the premiere which is one of the biggest LA has seen in years.
Other early arrivals included Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) who stepped out of his car with the help of a lightsaber cane and posed for photographs with Anthony Daniels, who plays C-3PO in the films.
Christie and Ridley portray the evil Captain Phasma and Rey, two new characters who will be expected to carry the Star Wars franchise as it is introduced to a new generation.
The film also sees the characters Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo reuniting for the first time on the big screen since 1983’s Return Of The Jedi.
Harrison Ford, who plays Solo, arrived at the Dolby Theatre with his wife Calista Flockhart.
He said making a Star Wars movie now is a far cry from making one in the 1970s.
“In the 70s nobody knew what to anticipate, nobody had seen anything like it, now we have to live up to what the first films delivered,” he said.