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‘Last Jedi’ premieres in LA in the midst of tight security

BB-8 is on the red carpet for the premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Dec. 9, 2017.

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A procession of Stormtroopers and a squad of red-armored elite guards marched on the red carpet Saturday night for the Los Angeles premiere of ‘ Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

But the daily police and security personnel, who ensured that the stars and fans stayed safe.

Cars entering a car park near the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, passed through two checkpoints in order to get Deadline.com reported. A checkpoint used bomb-sniffing dogs while the other vehicles can be checked with the help of mirrors, the report said.

Outside the theatre,Star Wars” music blared and fans cheered in anticipation of the world premiere of the latest installment in the beloved space opera franchise.

The film opens in theaters nationwide on Friday. The cast includes Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura dern and Benicio del Toro.

The late Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the original “Star Wars” films, also makes an appearance. Fisher died in December last year at the age of 60.

The director Rian Johnson, known for “The Brothers Bloom” (2008) and for a number of episodes of AMC’s “Breaking Bad.”

There was concern earlier Saturday that Boyega would miss the L. A. premiere because of travel problems in Atlanta, but he later tweeted that he arrived safely in California – without his luggage.

I’ve made it ! Without luggage, but wooooooooohoooo! If the weather can stop a Nigerian kmt

— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) 9 December 2017

Boyega arrived on the red carpet, dressed in a dark blue suit and turtleneck.

John Boyega arrives on the red carpet for the premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Dec. 9, 2017.

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For the L. A. premiere, many fans waving filled Porgs, a new character introduced in “Last Jedi,” the eighth film in the heart of “Star Wars” franchise.

Ridley, who plays the role of Rey, arrived at the premiere wearing a shiny dress is decorated with stars, while newcomer Tran wore a bright red dress with a long train.

DAISY RIDLEY IS HERE! #TheLastJedi world premiere pic.twitter.com/9pDGrnhl4T

— Star Wars Stuff (@starwarstuff) December 10, 2017

“It is a ‘Star Wars’ movie, and the energy tonight is amazing,” said a beaming Andy Serkis, who plays the villain Supreme Leader Snoke.

Kelly Marie Tran arrives on the red carpet for the premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Dec. 9, 2017.

(Associated Press)

Secrecy about the film that was screened only for select Vip’s prior to the Saturday premiere, it was still there. Anthony Daniels, who plays C-3PO, told a reporter looking for more information about the film, “I will let you do everything for yourself.”

“The Last of the Jedi,” is one of the most anticipated releases. Early box office projections for the movie to debut in the $200 million for the first weekend.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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