San Diegans celebrate 'geekdom' at The Last Jedi premiere

Posted at 10:46 AM, Dec 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-15 13:52:14-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - It's the night that brings out the fandom in San Diegans.

And no matter what side you're on every one agrees on one thing: Star Wars is back.

Brendan Prout, co-founder of the San Diego Star Wars Society, was at the film's premiere at Edwards Mira Mesa on Thursday.

"There is really good energy in the air right now. A lot of fun to get together and just enjoy it," Prout said. "We get to enjoy our geekdom, our fan atmosphere."

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And that love for a galaxy far, far away runs deep. 

Mark Tuttle and Bailey Tuttle said their whole family is in love with Star Wars.

"Runs in the family. I actually met my wife at a Star Wars convention in 1999. This is my daughter. Our whole family is big into star wars. Yup," said Mark Tuttle.

But it's especially special for a local high school teacher.

Keith Opstad, an art teacher at Westview High School in Rancho Penasquitos, attended the premiere in his best Jedi garb.

"Oh this old thing? Yeah, it's just a little something I pulled out for the spirit," Opstad said. The teacher made sure to celebrate the occasion according, especially because of his connection to one of the film's stars, Kelly Marie Tran.

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Tran is a former student and plays the role of "Rose Tico" in the movie.

"Just an incredible kid then and one of the most humble amazing people ever," Opstad said.

He said there's only one thing he can do when he sees her on the screen.

"Scream. Scream as loud as I can like a banshee," said Opstad.

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And honestly, no one there would think twice about that excitement.