A Spare-No-Expense World Premiere for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

December 15, 2015 10:01 AM

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A Spare-No-Expense World Premiere for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

LOS ANGELES — A veritable army of security guards, publicists and event staffers. Quadruple the typical number of invited guests. A lavish after-party, replete with Stormtroopers and a roaming Chewbacca, stretching for four city blocks.

Even by the razzmatazz standards of the Walt Disney Company, the high-security, spare-no-expense world premiere for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on Monday was something to behold. “Sincere apologies to the neighborhood,” the film’s director, J. J. Abrams, said in his introductory remarks, dryly ca...

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