One of the most memorable images in the very first trailer for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens was Daisy Ridley’s character, Rey, climbing on a craft and racing off across the surface of the desert planet of Jakku. Did you ever wonder what the view would look like from the pilot seat of Rey’s bike? Wonder no more:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Immersive 360 Experience
This incredible, interactive and 360-degree video was posted to the official Star Wars Facebook page, and gives fans a chance to pilot Rey’s speeder across her home planet of Jakku, which we’ll get to learn more about in December’s The Force Awakens. Since you likely are going to try this video at least a dozen times (can’t blame you), you will pick up new details on each and every run. You can click and drag the video to watch it from different angles. You will see the fallen Star Destroyer, which caught everyone’s eye in the second The Force Awakens trailer. You will race alongside denizens of this planet. And one at least one of the tries, just close your eyes and listen to the sounds of the craft. It’s like a time machine back to 1977.
This video is one of several pre-produced vids released today to help Facebook promote the use of 360-degree videos on people’s timelines. According to the company’s newsroom:
If you’re using Facebook on the web or on Android, you should be able to see 360 videos in News Feed soon. We plan to roll this out for iOS in the coming months. It’s early days, but we’re excited about the possibilities for 360 video and hope it helps people explore the world in new, immersive ways.
It’s certainly a fantastic way for Star Wars fans to immerse themselves in a new and original environment that calls to mind the planets of the Original Trilogy while also generating excitement for J.J. Abrams’ upcoming sequel. Let’s watch that most-recent trailer one more time:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18.