“Star Wars” Fans Storm OC Convention Center for Series Celebration

New "Star Wars" director J.J. Abrams apparently sent pizza to superfans waiting outside a big convention in Orange County celebrating the legendary sci-fi series.

The convention kicked off with a bang, as Abrams debuted a new trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the seventh installment in the franchise planned for release at the end of the year.

About 100,000 people were expected to attend the convention, called "Star Wars Celebration" and held at the Anaheim Convention Center, over its four days. kids could challenge Darth Vader to a lightsaber duel and organizers planned an attempt at taking the biggest "Star Wars" group photo ever.

People camped out overnight to be the first to get into the convention, and some fans said Abrams and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy sent pizza to the dedicated group waiting at the convention's entrance Wednesday night.

Some fans showed up in costume, including Cynthia Epler's husband. She said she wasn't initially a fan, but it was a prerequisite if she wanted to stay with him -- he sculpted a Yoda figure for the convention that sat on his back.

"He wouldn't marry me unless I became a fan," Epler said.

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