Asia

500 stormtroopers scale the Great Wall of China for 'Star Wars' trailer debut

Updated 4:16 AM ET, Wed October 21, 2015
Share
srar wars disney handout 6srar wars disney handout 6
1 of 7
Disney China held a promotional event for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" on China's Great Wall Tuesday, October 20, 2015, ahead of the movie's global premiere in December. The Walt Disney Company (China) Limited
More than 200 loyal Chinese Star Wars fans attended the event to see the new Chinese-dubbed trailer of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." The Walt Disney Company (China) Limited
Five hundred iconic miniature stormtrooper figures lined the top of the Great Wall, near Beijing. AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein
The event took place at the Juyong Pass -- or Juyongguan -- of the Great Wall of China. Juyong Pass is the largest mountain pass and one of the first built sections of the Great Wall. It was built more than 1900 years ago, dating back to the Han Dynasty. The Walt Disney Company (China) Limited
Director J.J. Abrams has promised to take Star Wars fans back to the story's roots, going back to actors in alien suits, real sets and other "practical effects" after a period of reliance on computer-generated effects in the three prequels. AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein
A young Chinese Star Wars fan excitedly poses next to a Wookie for a photo during the event. Shen Lu/CNN
The four Chinese characters flash on the Great Wall in the night sky are pronounced as "Yuanli Juexing" -- meaning "The Force Awakens." Chinese fans say they can't wait for its December 18 release. The Walt Disney Company (China) Limited