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Nissan Goes Hollywood: Brand Hosts Opening Night Of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” landed $220 million during its opening weekend at the North American box office. That’s big business for movies and its no wonder that Nissan has partnered with Lucasfilm on this famed franchise.

Nissan customized “Star Wars” vehicle

For latest “Star Wars” installment, movie fans could customize Nissan their Rogue, Rogue Sport, TITAN or Altima with “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” colors, decals, lights and more! This is an evolution from 2016 with Nissan’s partnership with “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” With that film, fans could only order one of the limited editions of Nissan’s Rogue One.

In addition to customized vehicles, a “Star Wars” virtual reality experience at dealerships and other super-fan contents and activations, Nissan also sponsored the opening night celebration of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Cali. The event, done in partnership with Nerdist’s “Star Wars” Marathon experience, was a red carpet affair that showcased many of Nissan’s customized show vehicles presented at the Los Angeles International Auto Show and at the world premiere of the film.

With Vanessa James and Christen Rochon on red carpet in front of a Nissan custom car

Fans dressed in costumes and marveled in the over-the-top vehicles and “Star Wars” AT-M6 Gorilla Walker that lined Hollywood Blvd. outside the famed theater. Inside the lobby, Storm Troopers were on hand to take photos with guests, there was a full-size replica of BB-8, and there was a costume exhibit that included outfits worn by Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, the late Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Daisy Ridley as Rey and Adam Driver as Kylo Ren.

Nissan customized “Star Wars” vehicle

The El Capitan Theatre’s organist played a medley of songs as guests assembled in their seats. And then guests were surprised when “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson and the film’s producer Ram Bergman came on stage for a quick question and answer session with Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick before introducing a video greeting from Hamill.

Then, a dynamic laser light production with “Star Wars” figures and an appearance from the character Rey took place on stage before the movie began.

Jawn Murray on a “Star Wars” display

After 2 hours and 41 minutes of an action packed “Star Wars” adventure, guests were given huge gift bags full of “The Last Jedi” memorabilia and posters.

Thanks Nissan for a creatively captivating experience! (Check out additional red carpet and party pictures below!)

Jawn Murray with R2-D2
Customized Nissan Titan on the red carpet
Jawn Murray and Guillermo Rodriguez of “Jimmy Kimmel Live”
With Vanessa James and the Nissan Rogue
Customized Nissan Maxima
“Star Wars” gifts and memorabilia
Inside Nissan’s “Star Wars” party

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ABOUT JAWN MURRAY: Jawn Murray is a TV Host, Pop Culture Expert, Journalist and Influencer. Jawn has hosted specials for Travel Channel, NFL Network and EPIX; as well as appearing on “The Wendy Williams Show,” “The Meredith Vieira Show,” CNN, HLN and TV One’s “News One Now with Roland Martin” and “Unsung.” A former on-air personality on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, Jawn was named by the NAACP as one of “40 Power Players Under 40;” by Don Julio Tequila as one of Washington, DC’s “12 Most Influential Men;” and named by Ebony magazine as one of the “30 on the Rise” to watch in the entertainment industry.