With highly anticipated blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens now in theaters, fans finally have a chance to see the biggest film of the year. As predicted the response was overwhelming, setting a new opening day box office record and quickly becoming Fandango's best selling movie of all time. Positive reviews have been rolling in, calling director J.J. Abrams' film a very welcome comeback for the franchise.
With this kind of turnout, this film has far more than longtime fans coming to see the events that follow Return of the Jedi, as The Force Awakens levels the playing field for new fans. Along with the die-hard crowd and newer converts there has also been an outpouring of celebrity love for Star Wars as famous people don their favorite character costumes and hit the red carpet. Stars - they're just like us! Incredibly excited to see this movie and eager for a chance to dress up.
There were a wide range of celebrities coming out to see the film. UFC fighter Ronda Rousey shared a photo on her Instagram (via Comicbook.com) of herself decked out in full storm trooper gear. Suicide Squad star Cara Delevingne also posted on her Instagram (via Comicbook.com) showing how she saw the movie as Jabba the Hutt with a pair of light sabers. Joseph Gordon-Levitt went the more DIY route as Yoda, and Rainn Wilson dressed up as a Jedi, while his son was Boba Fett (via Enstarz).
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Of course not all famous fans will be seeing this in theaters. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared an image of his newborn daughter (via Facebook of course) Max dressed up in Star Wars attire, light saber and all. He followed that up with an image of his Hungarian sheepdog Beast having gone to the dark side, dressed as the world's most cheerful Sith Lord.
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These celebrity endorsements could be seen as ultimate symbol of how mainstream this franchise has become as it explodes into popular media. While there has been some conflict about "bandwagon fans" - and it's likely these images will do nothing to quell that - it can be fun fun to see celebrities get excited about the same things we are. With the amount of Star Wars installments scheduled to be rolled out in the following years, there will be plenty of time to continue this debate. In the meantime, may the costume force be with you.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is now in theaters, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.