HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Filmmaker George Lucas (left) and writer-director J.J. Abrams attend the Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Filmmaker George Lucas (left) and writer-director J.J. Abrams attend the Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

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Celebrities turned out in droves for Monday's premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Los Angeles. They were joined by famous characters: stormtroopers and droids making their way down the red carpet.

According to the Associated Press, Spike Lee, Jon Favreau, Janelle Monae, Elizabeth Banks and Sofia Vergara attended the star-studded event. So, too, did Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Yoda.

Director J.J. Abrams told Starwars.com that the evening was "surreal" and "insane," the AP reports.

The AP has more:

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John Williams' soaring score played in a massive opaque tent that built on years of secrecy surrounding the film, which some expect to break box office records when it is released on Friday.

... [Harrison] Ford reflected on the impact of the film and the role that catapulted him to superstardom.

"Well, in the '70s nobody knew what to anticipate," Ford said in an interview with Starwars.com. "Nobody had ever seen anything like it. Now we have to live up to what the first films delivered."

... Abrams and Lucas posed together for photos, and both men took time to chat with fans before heading into the premiere. Original trilogy cast members Mark Hamill and Billy Dee Williams attended, as did series newcomers Max von Sydow, Gwendolyn Christie, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley.

Disney took over a half-mile section of Hollywood Boulevard for the premiere, where the film was screening at three theaters. Some 5,000 invited guests would see the characters Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa and Han Solo reunite for the first time on the big screen since 1983's Return of the Jedi.

Best red carpet photos:

Most spectators did not get a good look at the celebrities going into the premiere. Good thing: Social media photos show us a few of the celebrities you might have missed.

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The Associated Press contributed to this story. 

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