HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) — The Millennium Falcon has landed in Hollywood in time for the premiere of “Solo,” a Star Wars film focusing on the early life of Han Solo.
The Falcon wasn’t alone spending the night on Hollywood Boulevard. The Thursday night premiere of the film prompted nearly two dozen fans to camp out for the best seats, starting at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
“We want to meet the stars, you know, front row, so that’s what it takes,” fan Luis Kezzer said. “You have to be here 17, 18 hours, just to be in the front row. But it’s worth it, it’s worth it.”
The latest installment of the “Star Wars” saga stars Paul Bettany, Thandie Newton, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson and Jon Favreau. The galaxy-sized premiere is being held in three theaters – the El Capitan, the TCL Chinese and the Dolby.
Those hardcore fans got a glimpse of some ‘Solo’ stars, including Han himself.
“You want it to feel that it has a kind of continuity between this and those films, but you also want it to feel like its own character, so it’s kind of a balancing act in that way,” said Alden Ehrenreich, who plays Han in the film.
The film’s director Ron Howard was on the red carpet with his brother Clint, who has a starring role in the film.
“These movies wind up being very complicated,” said Howard, who came onto the film late into the production. “They’re sort of like playing 3D chess in order to get the entertainment values that the fans expect.”
Actor and rapper Donald Glover, who plays the Lando Calrissian said the film was “the most fun. I’ve never had more fun.”
Billie Dee Williams, who played Lando more than 30 years ago in the George Lucas films, was also at the event. Not there was original Han Harrison Ford.
Of course, Chewbacca made an appearance, and CBS2’s Peter Daut exchanged Chewie impressions with actor Joonas Suotamo, who plays the Wookie in the movie.
Hollywood Boulevard between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive will be closed in both directions through 10 a.m. Friday.