Ridley Scott at Star Wars Sydney premiere

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Danielle McGrane


(Australian Associated Press)

Alien director Sir Ridley Scott has turned up to check out the competition at the premiere of the most anticipated film of the year, Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens.

Scott, who recently announced he would be filming the next instalment in the Alien film franchise in Australia, sneaked in through the back avoiding the waiting media on the red carpet in Sydney on Wednesday night.

None of the cast were in town for the Aussie premiere as Harrison Ford had done his Down Under stint last week in Sydney.

Cate Blanchett was the other big name expected to turn up and Aussie actor Joel Edgerton also slipped in the back door to watch director JJ Abrams’ addition to the Star Wars film family.

A host of local faces also stepped out to watch Ford and the other original Star Wars actors Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill return to the long-awaited sequel.

Kicking off where the franchise creator George Lucas left things in 1983’s Return of the Jedi, Abrams has continued the space war story with some new stars including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac.

Kiwi actor Jay Laga’aia was one of the only people at the premiere who had actually been in a Star Wars movie, playing Captain Typho in episode II – Attack of the Clones and episode III – Revenge of the Sith.

“It’s actually been a really big week. I got to interview Harrison Ford so this lead-up is the culmination for a lot of us many sleepless nights trying not to look at trailers and trying not to look at spoilers and stuff, so I’m very excited,” Laga’aia said.

The film officially opens on Thursday at one minute past midnight.


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