Die-hard Star Wars fans have turned out for the Sydney premiere of one of the most anticipated films in movie history.
The Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park was flooded with fans in various costumes, all out in force to see the latest movie in the franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The premiere will be followed by the first public screenings at various local cinemas at midnight.
One fan, who calls himself Aussie Vader and wears a Darth Vader costume featuring the Australian flag, said he was excited to see the developments in the Star Wars universe.
“I was born in 1977 and I grew up with Star Wars toys as a kid,” he said.
“Now I’m 38-years-old and I’m still playing with Star Wars toys now.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing where Luke [Skywalker] is and what he’s up to.”
Aussie Vader said of his costume: “Back in 2010 I went to the US, I wanted to represent Australia somehow, and this is what I came up with.”
Archie, 8, said he likes Star Wars because “it has a lot of fantasy, it’s an action movie and it’s really cool”.
Maya Moore, 6, said she likes the films, “because I like the spaceships that fly around… when all the goodies fight with the baddies.”
Her father Chris is also a fan.
“[The film is] definitely one that I’ve waited for… I’ve watched all the previews,” he said.
He said he was pleased to have passed on the love he has for the films to his daughter.
The ABC’s Good Game presenter Bajo was among the crowd of expectant fans.
“My hopes are so ridiculously high that they cannot possibly be met,” he said.
“But as long as it’s at least good, then I am perfectly happy.”
He said Star Wars is an important piece of science fiction history.
“Those early films they’re just so magical and beautiful, full of fun characters and excitement, how could you not like Star Wars?”
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