Fanboys invaded downtown Chicago last night with the sneak preview of the much-anticipated film at the AMC Theaters on Michigan Ave. Those waiting patiently in the long line were treated with an appearance by the 501st Midwest Garrison. Flashbulbs were poppin’ as fans snapped shots of iconic Star Wars characters Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and Stormtroopers working the crowd. The Force-Cast’s Jimmy Mac also mingled among the crowd, handing out Fanboys posters and meeting winners of TFN’s Fanboys ticket giveaway. The theater was packed to capacity as fans eagerly awaited the first Chicago screening of director Kyle Newman’s Love Letter to Star Wars. After a quick intro from Jimmy Mac, the theater darkened and Fanboys filled the screen. A fast-paced and hilarious story about friendship and growing up, Fanboys contains more Star Wars references in one place than any other medium outside of the saga itself. The chemistry between the actors is palpable and their characters are very likable. The film instantly finds its rhythm and does not relent. And talk about cameos! Just about every other scene contains moments of Oh my god, look its…. Fans leaving the film were virtually unanimous with positive reactions to what they just saw. The post-screening party rocked until late night with members of the 501st, The Force Among Us director Cris Macht & The Force-Cast’s Jedi Princess of Jazz Bethany Hamilton in attendance. Look for complete coverage on The Force-Cast this Friday.
Its not to be missed, Fanboys opens in theaters this Friday, February 6th. Tickets are still available for the San Francisco screening at Genart.com.
UPDATE: A photo gallery from the Chicago premier can be seen right here.