Remember that Phantom Menace video and how expectations should always be kept in check? Yeah, about that: Star Wars fans are already camped outside the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California. Good thing it’s past Black Friday. We’d have a real West Side Story situation on our hands if the two lines were to meet. Does the Cantina Band know “Gee, Officer Krupke?”
Lining Up is the organization in charge of the 12-day event, leading up to the premiere of Episode VII on December 12. “If The Force Awakens is indeed a throwback to the original trilogy,” Lining Up’s website reads, “then surely the fan experience for opening day tickets should be the same — and not just reduced to a click on a web page or the hum of a laser printer.”
Spending hours playing with a toy robot is encouraged, though.
Someone who will get a primo spot at the Dec. 17 screening is Caroline Ritter, a woman who flew to Los Angeles from Australia to wait in line and has already logged 70 hours.
“I am a hiker, so I had all of the gear, but the chance to sleep out on the ground in front of the TCL theater, you do not get that very often,” she said, while donning a khaki-colored bucket hat with a Darth Vader patch sewed onto it. (Via)
The good thing about this event: Lining Up partnered with the Starlight Children’s Foundation and is asking for donations (text “Jedi” or “Sith” to 80000 to give $5). The bad: The way everyone waiting is going to reek by December 17.
“And I thought they smelled bad… outside the theater.”