Star Wars fans excited for "The Last Jedi"


DAPHNE, AL (WALA) -

The wait is over for Star Wars fanatics. The latest installment of the popular sci-fi franchise — “The Last Jedi” — opened in theaters Thursday night.  

After more than two years, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has arrived in theaters. Fans hope it’s been worth the wait. 

“I’m pretty excited right now. I work in film and it’s because of Star Wars,” said one movie-goer. 

Hoping to get a good seat, die hard fans of the franchise showed up early for the 7 o’clock premiere at the AMC Theater in Daphne.  

“In 1977 when I was 6 years old, I saw my first Star Wars on opening day… And here we are again. I’ve seen every one of them on opening day,” said one movie-goer. 

“I’ve been a fan my entire life… I was born a year before the first one came out… And I can’t wait to see this one. I’ve seen every one of them and I watched the whole series this past week,” said one movie-goer. 

It’s always a big night that has young and old returning to that magical galaxy. Many fans dressed as their favorite character from the sci-fi franchise.  

“Born in ’88… Movies came out before I did and I’ve been a fan ever since,” said Shaun Wintzell. “I’ve bought tickets for the 7 o’clock, 12 o’clock… I hope they are freaking phenomenal.”” 

Already there are high expectations for this latest installment. 

“Awesome… Probably going to be a lot of people,” said Julian, 11. 

“Hopefully, something really, really good. I’m not a huge of a fan as my husband is but I’m excited about tonight,” said one movie-goer. 

Episode 8 is bittersweet for fans of Princess Leia — as they say goodbye to actress Carrie Fisher who died a year ago after filming. 

“I think they are going to put a good memorial to her on that, being dedicated to her and I think they are going to finish off her character just very lovingly,” said one movie-goer. 

“it’s very sad of course… But I think they will probably do a fitting tribute to her with this movie… and I’m sure they will end the trilogy in a respectful way because hey – it’s Princess Leia – right,” said one movie-goer. 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is 2 hours and 45 minutes. The last showing Thursday night was at midnight, but there’s a full schedule of showings moving into the weekend. 

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