IN PICTURES | Solo: A Star Wars Story's premiere in Hollywood

Published: 11th May 2018 11:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th May 2018 11:53 AM  

Lucasfilm brought the biggest party in the galaxy to Hollywood on Thursday as rapt devotees gathered under the Millennium Falcon for the world premiere of the latest 'Star Wars' spin-off.
'Solo: A Star Wars Story,' which gets its US release on May 25, tells the coming-of-age tale of smuggler Han Solo before he was the galaxy's most adored scoundrel. IN PIC: The theatrical poster of the film. (Image Courtesy Instagram)
The glittering array of stars in Hollywood Boulevard included cast members Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton and Paul Bettany. IN PIC: Actress Emilia Clarke arrives for the premiere of the film 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' in Hollywood, California on May 10, 2018. | AFP
Hollywood's A-list -- 'Star Wars' alumni or otherwise -- turned out for the second in the 'anthology' series of spin-off films that started in 2016 with 'Rogue One.' IN PIC: Actor Donald Glover arrives for the premiere of the film 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' in Hollywood, California on May 10, 2018.| AFP
Among them were Mark Hamill, Ewan McGregor, Sofia Vergara, Alexandra Daddario, Benjamin Bratt and Johnny Knoxville. IN PIC: Actor Alden Ehrenreich and actress Emilia Clarke arrive for the premiere of the film 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' in Hollywood, California on May 10, 2018.| AFP
The Disney-owned Lucasfilm delighted fans in April with a sneak peak of one of the most hotly-anticipated scenes from the movie, the first meeting between the young Solo and Glover's Lando Calrissian. IN PIC: Actress Sophia Vergara and actor John Manganiello arrive for the premiere of the film 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' in Hollywood, California on May 10, 2018. | AFP
'A very slow week, but hopefully it will speed up as soon this movie comes out,' joked Glover, whose rap alter ego Childish Gambino has racked up a record-breaking 70 million YouTube views in just four days with his latest single 'This is America'. IN PIC: Actress Alexandra Daddario arrives for the premiere of the film 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' in Hollywood, California on May 10, 2018. | AFP
The trailers have also offered a glimpse of the pivotal moment in 'Star Wars' lore when Han beats Lando in a card game to win the Millennium Falcon starship, a full-size version of which was constructed for the premiere. IN PIC: Carson McAllister and Witney Carson strike a dance pose on arrival for the premiere of the film 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' in Hollywood, California on May 10, 2018.
The movie, which comes just five months after 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi,' has endured a journey to screen that has been bumpier than the Falcon completing the Kessel Run. IN PIC: Actor Gilles Marini arrives for the premiere of the film 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' in Hollywood, California on May 10, 2018. | AFP
Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard was brought in last year to replace sacked directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller. IN PIC: Director George Lucas arrives for the premiere of the film 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' in Hollywood, California on May 10, 2018. | AFP
The pair behind the acclaimed 'The LEGO Movie' and '21 Jump Street,' were dropped after clashing with Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy and writer Lawrence Kasdan, according to reports. IN PIC: Jonathan (L) and Lawrence Kasdan arrive for the premiere of the film 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' in Hollywood, California on May 10, 2018. | AFP
Solo's Wookiee companion Chewbacca is played by six foot 10 inch (2.08-meter) Finnish basketballer Joonas Suotamo who took over from Peter Mayhew, starting with 'The Force Awakens' (2015). IN PIC: Actor Alden Ehrenreich arrives for the premiere of the film 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' in Hollywood, California on May 10, 2018. | AFP
Experts are predicting an opening weekend domestic box office of around USD 137 million, some way short of the USD 155 million recouped by 'Rogue One' and a figure dwarfed by Marvel twice already this year. IN PIC: Actor Ptolemy Slocum and actress Angela Sarafyan arrives for the premiere of the film 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' in Hollywood, California on May 10, 2018. | AFP
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