"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" opens in theaters Thursday

The hype for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has hit unreal levels in the days leading up to its release.

Twitter was alight with fervor Saturday night after the world premiere-and first ever public screening-of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the eighth instalment in the Skywalker saga, directed by Rian Johnson.

"Nothing really prepares you for this incredible onslaught of fandom and joy that we get another Star Wars film", said Gwendoline Christie.

The British actor plays Finn, a former Stormtrooper who escapes the First Order to join the Resistance, in the latest installment the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise.

Director Rian Johnson introduced the movie by bringing onstage the cast, and paid an emotional tribute to the late Carrie Fisher, the iconic General Leia Organa in the series, who died last December. The most exciting part for me is the number of people saying they were surprised by The Last Jedi.

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Boyega's earlier tweets prompted a flurry of Star Wars jokes and memes online, including one from a fan who suggested Harrison Ford fly him to the premiere.

The Walt Disney Co. also held back showing 2015's The Force Awakens and last year's Rogue One for the HFPA, rendering those films similarly ineligible for consideration.

It's not that surprising that Disney and Lucasfilm are campaigning to get some awards love for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Written by Johnson, "The Last Jedi" picks up directly where "The Force Awakens" left off, with Rey looking to Luke to teach her about The Force.

"I think it's because the world we live in is a changing and evolving place that it retains the simplicity of those elements", she said.


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