Solo: A Star Wars Story World Premiere & Red Carpet Experience

Star Wars World Premiere
HOLLYWOOD, CA – MAY 10: Cast and crew of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” attend the world premiere of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” in Hollywood on May 10, 2018. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Alan Horn; George Lucas; Clint Howard; Jonathan Kasdan; John Powell; John Williams; Joonas Suotamo; Ron Howard; Woody Harrelson; Emilia Clarke; Thandie Newton; Phoebe Waller-Bridge; Alden Ehrenreich; Donald Glover; Paul Bettany; Jon Favreau; Kathleen Kennedy; Simon Emanuel; Jason McGatlin; Alan Bergman.

A few days ago I walked the red carpet into the world premiere of the newest movie of the Star Wars franchise, SOLO: A Star Wars Story. I know, so unbelievable! An opportunity that I will forever remember. The premiere was held on Hollywood Blvd, a place that has become so familiar to me but this night was beyond my expectations.

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Me (Melanie Kampman) and Barb Webb on the red carpet at the Solo: A Star Wars Story World Premiere.

Just like Game of Thrones or Marvel, Star Wars has an incredible fan base. As we made our way down Hollywood Blvd to the red carpet you could see fans were dressed in their favorite Star Wars gear and as their favorite characters including Han Solo, Lando and Qi’ra, I’m sure there was even a few Chewbaccas in the mix! Through security we went under the tent on Hollywood Blvd to claim our badges and walk the red carpet.

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As we made our way down the red carpet you can see the press lined up interviewing the cast and creators as they make their way through the Star Wars adorned street. I was able to see Ron Howard (director) and Emilia Clarke (Qi’ra), as well as many other members of the cast.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA – MAY 10: Chewbacca attends the world premiere of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” in Hollywood on May 10, 2018. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Chewbacca

There’s always celebrities in attendance that aren’t in the film there to watch with everyone else. Some of them I spotted was Joe Manganiello and Jon Heder, both anxiously awaiting to watch the world premiere with all of us.

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Jon Heder at the SOLO: A Star Wars Story world premiere with his kids and family.
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Joe Manganiello at the SOLO: A Star Wars Story world premiere.

Once we made our way down the red carpet we entered the Millennium Falcon that was set up right on Hollywood Blvd. It was enormous, nearly covering the full width of the street.

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Star Wars World Premiere Millennium Falcon on the red carpet.

Star Wars World Premiere

Star Wars World Premiere

Of course, we had to snap photos on the red carpet before heading to the theater. It is a must for every red carpet event!

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Me (Melanie Kampman) on the red carpet at the Solo: A Star Wars Story World Premiere.

Every red carpet I’ve been to previously I have watched premieres at the El Capitan Theatre but this year it was also shown at the Dolby Theatre. Yes, the Dolby Theatre is where the Oscars are held! So, from Hollywood Blvd we made our way through the Hollywood and Highland Center shopping mall and entertainment complex, up the Oscar stairs, to the Dolby Theatre.

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After everyone had gotten to their assigned seats in the theatre, right before the movie was to begin, the cast made their way to their seats. The crowd started to cheer as George Lucas made his way in front of the audience. Following him was others like Emilia Clarke, Alden Ehrenreich, Joonas Suotamo, Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover and Paul Bettany, just to name a few. Then we watched the world premiere of SOLO: A Star Wars Story. You’ll have to wait until tomorrow for my review of the movie! I’m so excited to share a fresh perspective with you all since I hadn’t seen a Star Wars movie since I was a child!

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Woody Harrelson at the Solo: A Star Wars Story World Premiere.

After the movie all of us headed to the Ray Dolby Ballroom, beside the Dolby Theatre, for an impressive after-party. Upon entering I immediately noticed they had set up the costumes of each character on display. It was amazing! Food was served buffet style and bars stations were set up several places throughout the large ballroom.

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Emilia Clarke at the Solo: A Star Wars Story World Premiere.

No after-party is complete without out fun interactive things to do. We could get our picture taken with Chewbacca and other fun opps. The celebrities were set-up at their own tables enjoying time with family and friends. You can try to get your own selfies with the celebrities but sometimes this is near impossible due to their security and large crowd. We got our own photos with the cast and director during our interviews so I can wait to share those with you!

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Star Wars World Premiere
Me (Melanie Kampman) with Stormtroopers at the Solo: A Star Wars Story World Premiere after party.

Check out the trailer for SOLO: A Star Wars Story below!

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SOLO: A Star Wars Story opens in theatres everywhere on May 25th!

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Melanie Kampman

Melanie Kampman is a web designer, developer and owner of Giveaway Bandit and Farm News for Kids. She lives in Northwest Missouri on a large family farm with her husband and eight year old son, the Giveaway Bandit. They raise cattle with a variety of pets including horses, chickens, ducks, and a slew of cats. By Melanie Kampman If you are interested in writing a sponsored post on Giveaway Bandit please email me at melanie (at) giveawaybandit (dot) com.

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