In pictures: Star Wars arrives on the red carpet

The screening of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' out-of-competition caused a rise in Hollywood markets, aided by the appearance of the iconic character of Chewbacca.

The British actress Emilia Clarke, made famous by her role as Queen Daenerys Targaryen in 'Game of Thrones', also stars in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'.

The festival director, Thierry Frémeaux, watches the parade of Star Wars stormtroopers, symbols of popular cinema rarely represented at Cannes.

American actor Alden Ehrenreich (centre), who took over the role of Han Solo in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story', with Donald Glover (right).

Finnish basketball player and actor Joonas Suotamo stands at the top of the steps beside the character he plays in Star Wars: Chewbacca.

John Travolta ascends the steps to the dance music of 'Grease' before the premiere of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'.

John Travolta poses with his wife Kelly Preston and their children, Benjamin and Ella, at the top of the steps.

Angolan model Maria Borges poses on the red carpet.

Dutch model model Doutzen Kroes walks the red carpet before the premiere of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'.

TV reality star Nabilla Benattia stands between two rows of stormtroopers.

American rapper 50 Cent walked up the steps before the premiere of 'Solo: a Star Wars Story'

A festival-goer dressed for the occasion with Star Wars toys hanging from her dress.