Prince William and Prince Harry suited up for the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in London Monday11. Last year, the brothers filmed cameos as storm troopers during a set visit to Pinewood Studios.
William and Harry were the last to arrive, about two hours after the premiere began. After exiting their car dressed in tuxedos were greeted by everyone’s favourite droid, BB-8, who bowed to them.
The film had its world premiere in L.A. on Saturday 9, and the screening at Royal Albert Hall benefits the princes’ charity, the Royal Foundation.
William and Harry invited 400 guests, including some of the families affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, as well as military veterans and volunteers.
The eighth instalment of the nine-part series is the last movie where Carrie Fisher which will appear as General Leia Organa; the beloved actress died at age 60, soon after finishing her final scenes.
Monday’s European premiere was live-streamed on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the films, said the longevity of “Star Wars” had seen his character make way for new stars.
“It’s like a bunch of kids rifling through my old toy box, playing with my toys… I love it!” Hamil said.
Despite 40 years passing since the intergalactic saga first hit cinemas, the cast members of Rian Johnson’s “Last Jedi” are convinced it still has contemporary relevance.
“You never get used to this kind of passion and enthusiasm,” Hamill said. “It’s just wonderful.”
Lupita Nyong’o, who plays the motion-captured character Maz Kanata, said the film was also important as a form of escapism.
“I think the importance of fantasy is that it allows us to, first of all, escape from the world we’re in for a second and it brings us all together and unifies us in a way, on a subject, in a way that other things don’t,” she said.
“And for a moment we get to forget our own worries and worry about the galaxy far, far away.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in theatres Dec. 14 in the U.K. and Dec. 15 in the U.S.