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'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' receives standing ovation

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Posted at 3:09 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 15:09:40-05

LOS ANGELES (AP) — 'The Rise of Skywalker,' the latest film in the Star Wars franchise, has been greeted with a standing ovation at its world premiere Monday night in Hollywood.

Director J.J. Abrams told the audience, which included Mark Hamill and Steven Spielberg, that he was "mostly terrified" to show the film, which is the conclusion of the third Star Wars trilogy.

Monday's elaborate premiere, which included Stormtroopers marching and droids on the arrivals carpet, is the first time anyone outside a select group has seen the film.

'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' arrives in theaters on Friday.