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'Star Wars' premieres in LA: Check out the Force-ful red carpet photos

The Empire struck back on Monday night, as the behemoth franchise known as "Star Wars" premiered its latest entry with a massive red carpet screening and bash for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

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Crowds out in force at ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Hollywood premiere

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And you didn't need to have lightsaber-like acumen to know that it was the biggest ticket in Hollywood, bringing out celebrities and fans and celebrifans alike — many of whom really got into it!

Like, say, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who strode the carpet decked out like a giant Yoda (or perhaps an elf after a shower):

And Rainn Wilson, who came as a Jedi with his son Walter (Boba Fett):

And star Lupita Nyong'o, who is definitely the center of our universe:

Plus some of the usual suspects were on hand, like director J.J. Abrams, Steven Spielberg and star Oscar Isaac:

Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and Oscar Isaac all hung out on the red carpet at the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" premiere in Hollywood.

And the original galaxy of stars, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher:

The gang's all here! Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher on the red carpet.

Ford also took a moment to sign a prop:

Harrison Ford lends his John Hancock to a prop.

And new star John Boyega (who delighted us with his excited reaction to seeing the film's trailer in October) was also reveling in the moment:

Star John Boyega greets an adoring public at the premiere.

As was fellow new star Daisy Ridley, who wrote on Instagram she felt "a bit like a princess" on the carpet:

It's been 38 years since the first film was released, but the franchise still has enormous power. The premiere took over a half-mile section of Hollywood Boulevard, and the screening took up three theaters in Hollywood to accommodate everyone who attended.

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Here's one of the droids the paparazzi were looking for:

Even droid BB-8 got in on the red carpet action.

Of course, a "Star Wars" red carpet wouldn't be complete without some Stormtroopers. This may be one of the rare times a group like this is greeted with cheers!

Here come the Stormtroopers!

And of course, regular folks also had a great time, dressing up and hanging out with the stars:

Without giving away any spoilers, it seems like the general feeling on the film is thumbs-up, at least if you read to the social media accounts of some super fans.

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" premieres nationwide on December 18.

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