3:35pm PT by Mia Galuppo
Disney Warns 'Rogue One' Premiere Traffic "Will Be as Challenging as a Death Star Trench Run"
Rogue One focuses on the rebel plot to steal the plans to the Death Star, which may be an easier feat than trying to navigate Hollywood Boulevard this Saturday night.
In anticipation of the world premiere for the Gareth Edwards-directed Star Wars standalone, roads surrounding the Pantages Theater have been closed since Monday night, including several blocks of Hollywood Boulevard (from Cahuenga Boulevard to Gower Street).
Road closures will last until 6 a.m. Tuesday, but sidewalks have remained open to foot traffic, save for the day of the actual premiere.
"We anticipate that traffic and parking around the premiere will be as challenging as a Death Star trench run," warned Disney in an email to premiere attendees.
The Rogue One premiere carpet does not appear to be as big as last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere, which took place a little further down Hollywood Boulevard at the Dolby Theatre, El Capitan Theatre and the TCL Chinese Theatre — and prompted street closures that were bigger than the Oscars ceremony.
A covered tent, which takes up both lanes of traffic, already has been set up in front of the Pantages, as well as a large stage and black carpet. Security officers are posted at every cross street and at various places along the sidewalk on the boulevard.
On Tuesday night, a life-sized X-Wing was brought in and placed at the entrance to the carpet. On Friday afternoon, pedestrians were stopping to take selfies in front of the starfighter, which sat behind two metal barricades.
Many of the surrounding shops and restaurants plan to maintain their normal business hours on the night of the premiere.
Rogue One stars Felicity Jones, Forest Whitaker and Diego Luna, and blasts into theaters nationwide Dec. 16.